“Just let the wind untie my perfumed hair…” or WHO IS ṬÁHIRIH?
Written, composed and performed by Delia Olam.
An intimate, immersive, beautiful and poetic experience – a solo bio-play about “Ṭáhirih, the 19th C. Persian poetess” who removed her veil, championed equality for all, and became the world’s first women’s suffrage martyr.
Prepare to be thrown back in time to some of the history-making and heart-breaking moments that defined the short life of the unprecedented woman that Ṭáhirih was. She was neither damsel (despite the injustices of her life) nor all warrior. Not even simply the “Persian Joan of Arc” as Sarah Bernhardt said of her at the time. Instead, she was the archetype of something new and modern: a distinguished scholar, skilled religious teacher and eloquent public speaker, poetess of genius, young wife, loving and sacrificing mother, “rebel”, “lawbreaker”, “troublemaker”, relentless truth seeker, unflinchingly courageous claimant of her Voice and tragically (yet for her, joyfully) – a martyr.
Live original music with Cello and Appalachian Dulcimer, set to Ṭáhirih’s beautiful translated poetry, is performed and sung by Olam, woven between scenes with Ṭáhirih’s “father”, “friend”, “servant”, and “executioner”.
★★★★★“Fluid solo performance…A privilege…Olam has an instinct for storytelling and character development… DO NOT MISS.” (The Play’s the Thing UK)
★★★★“Delia Olam is a gem, a raw talent waiting to be discovered for a bright and sparkling future.” (Fringe Review UK)
★★★★“[Delia’s] mellifluous voice is haunting, then uplifting, and simply beautiful.” (Dirt & Candy)
★★★★“Timeless. Leaves you feeling emancipated.” (Rip It Up)
★★★★“A truly wonderful piece of theatre.” (edfringereview)
“Just let the wind untie my perfumed hair…” or WHO IS ṬÁHIRIH? has been a work in development for several years. The first incarnation was a writing and storytelling commission by Katina Jones, CEO of Equals Australia for the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of UN International Women’s Day. The production was sponsored by Arts South Australia as a part of the #madeinadelaide scheme for what was a very successful season at Assembly venues in Edinburgh 2016. Now, it’s coming to you.