Haram Iran archiveBased on actual events, Haram Iran is the story of two boys coming of age, and struggling with their identities as Arab Iranians, and as typical teenagers longing to discover their place in the world. Ayaz Marhouni and Mahmoud Asgari, who may have been gay or may have been experimenting with their sexuality like many teenagers do, however, get caught in a compromised position, publicly humiliated and tried in the Iranian legal system. The story follows the boys' passions, one for literature and the other for sports and both for each other. The play takes the audience into the complexity of their relationship, and then the horrifying ordeal of being tried by an unforgiving Iranian legal system. Although the show is inspired by actual events of the trial of two Iranian teenagers in Mashad, Iran in 2005, some scenes are fictionalised since it is not known exactly what occurred during the trial.


Author: Jay Paul Deratany
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Work type: Play.


Producer Peter Bull (for Above the Stag Theatre). Director Gene David Kirk. Design David Shields. Lighting Phil Hewitt. Sound Phil Hewitt. Costume Ellen Sussams. Other Andrew Beckett (production manager). Stage ManagerLucas Livesey. Director Rhian Davies (casting). Performer Viraj Juneja (Ayaz). Performer Merch Husey (Fareed). Performer Silvana Maimone (Mrs Marhouni). Performer Fanox Xenofos (Jailer). Performer George Savvides (Judge). Performer Sanjiv Hayre (Lawyer).
5 Apr 16 to 1 May 16Above the Stag Theatre, Inner London :: V0909222884
listing details L01399055979

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