Myths retold
The Crick Crack Club presents 7 Princesses

Sunday 9 April 2017,
BP Lecture Theatre
Tickets £8
Members/Concessions £6

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'When night poured out its silken sack of musky black, King Bahrum, overcome by wine and love, asked the Black Princess with eyes like a gazelle, to open up her treasure box and tell him a tale...' So begins the first of seven playful, poetic, and often deeply erotic tales.

Xanthe Gresham Knight and Arash Moradi serve up a wild Persian fairytale. A labyrinthine epic of secret rooms, impatient passions, clever women, wigs, and a prince who wrestled his crown from the teeth of two wild lions to become king. Nizami, one of the best loved Iranian epic poets, wrote The Seven Princesses or 'Haft Paykar' in the 12th century AD, influencing generations of poets and storytellers across the world.

'Vivid, magical and occasionally very bizarre.' Everything Theatre

'A truly great storyteller, you'll leave with something beautiful created in your own mind.’ British Theatre Review

Xanthe Gresham Knight is a storyteller with a distinctive, physical, performance style, who delights in the absurd and preposterous. She started life as a drama teacher in Kentish Town, until storyteller Ben Haggarty was invited into the school to perform, and she was smitten by an artform. Alongside performances in theatres and art centres, she has performed in festivals, schools and libraries across the UK, Ireland, France, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Switzerland and New Zealand. Find out more at
Arash Moradi was born in the Kurdish city of Kermanshah in Western Iran, the eldest son of Iran’s leading tanbour player Aliakbar Moradi. Arash started learning tanbour at an early age from his father whom he later accompanied in numerous concert and festivals throughout Iran and Europe. He cooperated with BBC Radio 4 as a guest musician in 2006, and performed as a soloist at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Arash lives in London where he teaches tanbour, runs workshops on Persian and Kurdish music and collaborates with musicians from around the world.

Age: 18+

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Bahram Gur killing the dragon, from a khamseh of Nizami. Opaque watercolour on paper, Mughal style, India, c. 1610.