Just Let The Wind Untie My Perfumed Hair… performs at Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17) at 12.35pm. Dates are Aug 8-15 and 17-29.
Delia Olam brings to the Fringe a riveting evocative and interesting play following the true story of a woman in the East called Tahirih in the nineteenth century.
Storytelling in theatre can sometimes lead to a flat production with a monotonous feel, but Delia Olam is very aware of this and makes her performance varied keeping the audiences’ attention. The only actor in this show she plays a number of characters in order to tell the story of Tahirih’s life as well as incorporating music to act as breaks between scene changes.
Generally Olam was strong in all her character changes though her decision to give the Executioner, the first and last character, a very broad Western accent was a little bewildering. The other roles were more Middle Eastern which suited the play and its setting better. The play follows an inspiring and saddening tale of Tahirih, a woman who was irregularly educated by her father and began to campaign and debate for equality in the East. Received with mixed reactions she was beginning to inspire moves towards new laws and new religions. She was a strong follower of the Bábí faith and preached its teaching around Iran. Although she was considered highly unusual she had still managed to respect the general rules in Iran, always debating behind a curtain in order to preserve her modesty, but her position changed when she unveiled herself at the Conference of Badasht. This led to her being imprisoned and later executed for her ‘heretical’ beliefs. She is now revered as a martyr in Bahá’í literature. She left behind many poems which Olam has translated and performs to the cello and Appalachian dulcimer to beautiful effect.
It is a very refreshing piece of work that brings a very worthy woman to the attention of more people which is truly inspiring. Although a little rough around the edges in some aspects Olam has managed to insert little bits of humour to lighten what is quite a dark and sad story. I felt privileged to learn about this woman who I previously had no knowledge of and would love to learn more about. Olam is captivating to watch and this show is one Fringe-goers should be pencilling into their calendars.