Creator, Writer, Performer, Puppeteer
Currently in redevelopment as part of Barbican Theatre Open Lab 2021
Two passports, two names, one woman. Peyvand is British. Parisa is Iranian. When she was ten years old, Peyvand travelled from East London to Iran with her father to meet her family for the first time. Her British citizenship wasn’t recognised, and so she had to acquire an Iranian passport (and a new name) on arrival. Only now, Parisa is forbidden from leaving the country... at least for a little while. The story may sound familiar so far, but what happens to Parisa when Peyvand is finally allowed to come back “home”? Drag, poetry, puppetry and personal/archival interviews – all set to stripped back renditions of Persian pop classics – come together in this darkly funny, formally inventive theatrical mosaic about dual citizenship, home, the arbitrary boundaries of nation states, and what it will take to start the next revolution.
Developed on Starting Blocks at Camden People’s Theatre, with additional development support from Soho Theatre Labs, Omnibus Theatre, and Arcola Theatre.
VAULT FESTIVAL 2020 SHOW OF THE WEEK AWARD
Lyn Gardner's Top Picks (Stagedoor)
Natasha Tripney's Top Picks (The Stage)
'Cheekily irreverent and sharply satirical' Lyn Gardner
'There’s an undoubted joyfulness and passion that underscores Sadeghian’s every breath' Ought To Be Clowns
'She rends traditional dramaturgies into something new, that’s non-linear, episodic and dreamlike. ' The Play's The Thing
Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran
Collaborator & Performer
Created by Javaad Alipoor & Kirsty Housely, Rich Kids is a play about entitlement and consumption, about how digital technology is complicit in social apartheid and gentrification, and the human problem of what successful and brutal people do with their coddled and useless children.
Rich Kids is a Javaad Alipoor and HOME co-production, which is also co-commissioned by The Bush and Theatre in the Mill.
Fringe First award 2019
Battersea Arts Centre Going Global (digitally ) season
Under the Radar Festival 2021, Public Theater New York USA
Sundance Festival selection 2021 (New Frontiers)
“ Peyvand Sadeghian [gives a] nuanced portrait as a fatalistic opportunist" New York Times
"Dazzling, discombobulating and alarming.” – The Guardian
"Alipoor and co-performer Peyvand Sadeghian handle the complex technological elements of the show with style and seriousness" – The Scotsman
“A meticulously researched, experimental mixture of live performance and social media… A winning combination." – The Play’s The Thing