Spare Iranian theatre brims with emotion

AMONG all the productions in this year's Singapore International Arts Festival, Iranian play Amid the Clouds goes to the top of the list for the most austere and restrained piece, but one that was steeped in poignancy and meaning.

In fact, the most dramatic "action" on stage was right at the beginning, when the male and female protagonists first introduced themselves to the audience in monologues, while submerged in tanks of water. From there, it was the poetry of the text that propelled the story...

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