“Just let the wind untie my perfumed hair…” or WHO IS TAHÍRÍH?Delia Olam
After a successful premiere season in the 2015 Adelaide Fringe, being nominated for a Peace Foundation Award, and a successful return season in the 2016 Adelaide Fringe, “Just let the wind untie my perfumed hair…” or WHO IS TAHÍRÍH? makes its international debut at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. An intimate, immersive and poetic experience – a solo bio-play about Tahíríh, the 19th C. Persian poet who removed her veil, championed equality for all, and became the world’s first female suffrage martyr.
“Delia Olam is a gem, a raw talent waiting to be discovered for a bright and sparkling future” (Fringe Review)
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 Tahíríh was. She was no one thing; neither all damsel nor all warrior. Instead, she was: a keen scholar, skilled teacher, religious leader, poetess of genius, young wife, loving yet sacrificing mother, “rebel”, “lawbreaker”, “troublemaker”, eloquent public speaker, relentless truth seeker, unflinchingly courageous and tragically – a happy martyr. Live original music with cello and Appalachian dulcimer, set to Tahirih’s beautiful translated poetry, is woven between scenes with Tahíríh‘s “father”, “friend”, “servant”, and “executioner”.
“[Delia’s] mellifluous voice is haunting, then uplifting, and simply beautiful” (Dirt & Candy)
“Just let the wind untie my perfumed hair…” or WHO IS TAHÍRÍH? has been a work in development for several years, the first incarnation of which was originally a writing and storytelling commission by Katina Jones, CEO of Equals Australia for the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. This production has been sponsored by Arts South Australia as a part of the #madeinadelaide scheme.
“timeless and leaves you feeling emancipated” (Rip It Up)
Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17)
4 August - 15 August
17 August - 29 August