Amir Reza Koohestani


28-30 APR 2017
Upper Stage
70 minutes
A minimal yet epic work on the Kafkaesque Iranian reality from an award-winning director and dramatist.
Full price: 7 - 12 €
Reduced, Friend & Small groups (5-9 people): 10 €
Large groups (10+ people): 9 €
People with disabilities & Unemployed: 5 € | Companions: 7 €

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Four women in a female dormitory in Tehran. A voice that shouldn’t have been heard. An interrogation. Fear, guilt and banished youth. Five years on from his dream-like Amid the clouds, the award-winning Iranian director and dramatist Amir Reza Koohestani returns to the OCC with a devastatingly pared-down work which explores the Kafkaesque reality of life in his homeland.

Hearing addresses freedom and its repression through the example of an Iranian ‘crime’: listening to a ‘forbidden’ male voice in a female hall of residence in Tehran.

The source and inspiration for the play is the 1989 documentary Homework by the outstanding Iranian film-maker, Abbas Kiarostami, which critiqued the Iranian educational system using interviews with terrified pupils from a Tehran primary school. Taking this film as a reference point, Koohestani presents something similar in Hearing: university as a court-martial, youth as a prison.

Freedom of speech is identified with freedom of existence in a mysterious, poetic production that unfolds in the shadows among silence and whispering. A key element is a helmet-mounted camera, a prop which alludes equally to a dystopian science fiction film and the repressive conditions current in Iran.


Text & Direction: Amir Reza Koohestani
Assistant Director: Mohammad Reza Hosseinzadeh
With: Mona Ahmadi, Ainaz Azarhoush, Elham Korda, Mahin Sadri
Video: Ali Shirkhodaei
Music: Ankido Darash and Kasraa Paashaaie
Sound: Ankido Darash
Light Design: Saba Kasmaei
Stage Design: Amir Reza Koohestani assisted by Golnaz Bashiri
Costumes & Props: Negar Nemati
Second Assistant: Mohammad Khaksari
Stage Manager: Mohammad Reza Najafi
Costumes Assistant: Negar Bagheri
Production: Mehr Theatre Group
Co-production: La Bâtie - Festival de Genève (Switzerland), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main (Germany), BOZAR - Centre for Fine Arts Brussels (Belgium)
Production Managers: Mohammad Reza Hosseinzadeh and Pierre Reis
Company & Tour Manager: Pierre Reis

Hearing was written during a residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (October 2014 - March 2015) in Stuttgart, Germany.

Saturday 29 April
After performance talk with Amir Reza Koohestani
Chaired by Grigoris Ioannidis, theatre critic and assistant professor of Drama Studies, University of Athens
Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 April
Masterclass by Amir Reza Koohestani

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