Sunday 10 March, 2pm – 2.45pm


Adverse Camber productions presents

The Shahnameh: the Epic Book of Kings

Dive into the majestic myths, stories and music of ancient Persia and join supersized hero Rustam and his faithful horse on their adventures with magical creatures, princesses and kings in this enchanting and interactive family performance.

Hand-picked stories are brought to life with effervescent energy by dazzling performance storyteller, Xanthe Gresham Knight and through the sublime rhythms of virtuoso Kurdish Iranian musician, Arash Moradi, on daf, setar and shurangiz – ‘the excitement maker’.

“The performance was a joyful, colourful, musical production – an absolute delight! The children were totally captivated and loved taking part in the story.” Junior School teacher

“Gresham unwraps each tale like the petals of a lotus flower. At the end of the evening you leave with something beautiful created in your own mind.” British Theatre Review

Recommended for ages 6+



Find out more about The Shahnameh: the Epic Book of Kings here.

More about Xanthe Gresham Knight and Arash Moradi

Xanthe Gresham Knight

Xanthe Gresham Knight – has been telling stories for over twentyyears. She was born in Derby where she lived until she was 18. She is a graduate of Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  Xanthe’s work is energetic and distinctive and has captured audiences all over the world.   Her stories of the Shahnamehhave been shaped by many visits to the British Library to study different translations as well as years of dreaming about characters in this epic and performances to audiences of all ages.   She also performs the Goddess Tales, described as a series of minor miracles as she morphs from one goddess to another, performed at The Barbican, The National, Northern Stage and The Cheltenham Literature Festival.  Her commissioned work has toured to the Smithsonian, the Ulster Museum and the Harvard Art Gallery.

Arash Moradi

Arash Moradi  – was born in the Kurdish city of Kermanshah in Western Iran. He is the eldest son of Iran’s leading tanbour player Ali Akbar Moradi. Arash started learning this ancient art form from an early age from his father whom he has since accompanied in numerous concerts and festivals throughout the world. Arash lives in London where he teaches tanbour and runs workshops on Persian music.  He has also collaborated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. He also actively promotes Kurdish music.

“a magical experience.” The Independent

“Completely enthralling from start to finish.  Beautiful combination of words and music.  A dynamic and entertaining telling of a little-known story.” Audience Member

“It opened up the world of magical storytelling, revived childhood memoriesof everything is possible, brought new cultural experience for us to dip into.” Audience Member