We are going on the road! While we are in-between venues, The Other Room are collaborating with Grand Ambition, Swansea on 'Baba Joon', by Lisa Zahra.
“First time I spoke to someone in Swansea’s, I thought they
were singing to me.”
From sitting in her Baba’s Merc after school, prayer beads dangling and Julio Iglesias playing too loud on the radio, to Iranian breads and pickles in a Cardiff flat smelling of rose water, a Swansea-born daughter longs to visit her father’s country. Will that freedom ever come?
Incorporating witty and poetic spoken word, physical movement and a soundtrack that fuses 90’s dance and traditional Iranian music, Baba Joon(Father Dear) is an evocative portrayal of one man’s experiences of arriving in Wales from Iran in the 1970s and his daughter's navigation through the joys and complexities of being from a mixed heritage family living in South Wales.
Where are we from? Where do we belong? Where’s home?
Swansea-born writer and performer Lisa Zahra has an Iranian Dad and a Welsh Mum. Baba Joon is her first play and was originally developed through the Royal Court Writers Programme 2021 and commissioned through The Other Room’s 3 Phase Participation Project 2022 funded by Bad Wolf, Arts and Business Cymru and The Carne Trust.
The California visit is partially funded by a College of Humanities and the Arts' Artistic Excellence Programming Grant and the Department of Film, Theatre, and Dance at San José State University.
The Other Room in co-production with Grand Ambition presents
Every performance will be available with Closed Captioning. We have 6 units available per show; feel free to request one at the door or, if you would prefer, contact jafar@otherroomtheatre to secure a device in advance.