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Transit (12+)

Wednesday 8 February, 7:30pm
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A young woman and her father deal with the choices they made and events beyond their control.

After her parents split up, Darya chose to move to Iran with her mother.

She grows up in a war zone: surviving air raids; caring for her mother; and falling in love for the first time. The legacy of war means that as she becomes an adult she is living through trauma.

She meets her father, for the first time in ten years, in the transit lounge of Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam.

She is a dual-national, trapped between two cultures. He is a professor of music, blinded by privilege, with a narrow view of the political landscape. As they reach out to one another, their past choices impact their reconciliation.


A multimedia, two-handed drama, using specially composed music and commissioned projection to tell the story of a father and daughter against the back drop of an act of terror and war.

The performance will be subtitled.


There will be a post show discussion after the show, which will include invited guests with specialist knowledge of the themes explored in Transit. We are  delighted to bring you Professor Ali Ansari, Director for the Iranian Institute University of St Andrews, Liam Sinclair, Byre Theaters Artistic Director, Creator and Director of Transit, Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh, along with writer Steven Gaythorpe. Also attending from  University of St Andrews,Dr Saeed Talajooy, School of Modern Languages.




Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh – Creator & Director

Nazli has since 2004 directed all ZENDEH’s productions and laboratories nationally, regionally and internationally. She has taken the work of the company to the Traverse Theatre, Theatre Workshop Edinburgh, Dance Base, Scotland’s Theatre Gateway, Tron Theatre, Citizens Theatre, Beacon, Berwick Maltings, Gateshead Central Library, Northern Stage, Dance City, Arts Centre Washington, Queen’s Hall, The Lowry, STUN Studio Z-Arts, Young Vic, Arcola Theatre, Chapter Theatre, and The City Theatre of Tehran. She was awarded an Amnesty International Commendation Award for her production of Waiting Room by Isabel Wright at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Steven Gaythorpe – Playwright

Steven worked as copywriter for over twelve years, and has extensive experience of new media and Internet marketing, as well as TV, radio and print advertising. Since 2008 he has been pursuing a career as a theatre maker in the North East.


‘a beautifully lyrical piece … too resonant with today and the nameless, anonymous numbers of murdered individuals that are glimpsed every night on the news.’ Disability Arts Online on Cinema

‘An ingenious piece of multimedia theatre…’ ★ ★ ★ ★ Three Weeks on Cinema

‘powerful poetic fable’ ★ ★ ★ ★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine on Cinema



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