20–24 JANUARY Carriageworks $39 + BF
Dorr-e Dari: A Poetic Crash Course in the Language of Love
Dorr-e Dari: A Poetic Crash Course in the Language of Love
20–24 JANUARY Carriageworks $39 + BF
Dorr-e Dari: A Poetic Crash Course in the Language of Love
$39 + BF

Switch off your dating apps, forget the nightclubs and tune in to a thousand-year practice of courtly Persian love poetry in Dorr-e Dari: A Poetic Crash Course in the Language of Love

Through intimate storytelling and epic ballads from the streets of Kabul, Tehran and Quetta, via Western Sydney, your hosts Bibi, Jawad and Mahdi will guide you on the path to love.  

Inspired by the tradition of private recitals and ‘curtain shows’ performed throughout the Persian-speaking world, this new theatre work will show you there’s a verse for every condition of the heart.  

Dorr-e Dari: A Poetic Crash Course in the Language of Love is a creation by PYT Fairfield, a brave and transformative theatre company, whose vision asserts and celebrates Australia as a culturally diverse nation. 

Following the success of Tribunal (Sydney Festival 2018), PYT Fairfield return to challenge the conversations of traditional theatre with this rich and tender new work. 

Runtime: 70 mins

Want to read the script? Visit Australian Plays to read Dorr-e Dari: A Poetic Crash Course in the Language of Love until 26 January.



Poetry is a way to communicate the everyday, something commonplace that is texted on a phone between friends and lovers – it's accessible, modern and used as an everyday way to chat. To add to your experience of the show, anyone can register to receive a poem, via text message, once a day throughout the week of the show. The poems curated by PYT Fairfield,  provide a first-hand glimpse into the experience of receiving text message poetry 'on the go'. To receive a poem a day (seven in total), register here:

Performance Times

Wed 20 Jan at 2pm
Wed 20 Jan at 7pm 
Thu 21 Jan at 7pm
Fri 22 Jan at 7pm
Sat 23 Jan at 2pm
Sat 23 Jan at 7pm
Sun 24 Jan at 2pm
Sun 24 Jan at 7pm

Ticketing and Pricing
  • Reserved Full Price – $39
    + booking fee

Wheelchair Access
Entrance to Carriageworks is via an access ramp leading to the main entrance which is located at street level at 245 Wilson St. Accessible parking is available at the end of Carriageworks Way with entry via 229 Wilson Street. The Carriageworks car park also includes four mobility parking spaces.  

Service Animals
Service animals are welcome at Carriageworks.  

Important Info

Face masks are mandatory at all Sydney Festival events for all patrons 13 years and older, in line with NSW Government regulations. A face mask is required at all times while inside foyers, theatres and outdoor venues, including during performances. Children 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.

Complete lockout – latecomers will not be admitted. 

Recommended for ages 14+

Cast and Credits

First Nations Elder Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor
Concept/Co-Creator/Performer Mahdi Mohammadi
Paul Dwyer
Co-Creator/Performer Jawad Yaqoubi
Co-Creator/Performer Bibi Goul Mossavi
Co-Creator/Video Artist Sean Bacon
Lighting Designer Neil Simpson
Production Stage Manager Patrick Howard
Project Intern Bernadette Fam

This project has been developed in partnership with the University of Sydney. It has been generously supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the NSW Government through Create NSW, Vitalstatistix, Crack Festival and the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation.

Photo: Anna Kucera

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