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A murder mystery. From Iran.

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Eddie Mair | 13:43 UK time, Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Nigel Wrench writes:

"The play is Quartet: A Journey North and it's already proved a hit in theatres in Teheran.


Four actors (all these pictures are by Tahmineh Monzavi) play four witnesses to murder. Each faces a different part of the audience and is relayed to the rest by video screens. The stories are from life.


Does it meet the artistic requirements of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?


"The art of theatre should represent the best and most beautiful definitions of human truth-seeking and worthiness," the Iranian President wrote in an introduction to a theatre festival programme in Teheran last year.


On PM this evening, some of the play (in Farsi), a little music and the director/writer Amir Reza Koohestani, one of Iran's young theatre stars. Quartet: A Journey North is on at the Barbican in London, if you're in the capital at all in the next few days."


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