Dorr-e Dari: A Poetic Crash Course in the Language of Love

After a sell-out season in Sydney Festival, Dorr-e Dari is coming home to Fairfield.

Switch off the dating apps, forget the nightclubs and tune in to a thousand-year strong tradition of courtly Persian love poetry.

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 all through the Persian-speaking world, this rich and tender new theatre work will show you there’s a verse for every condition of the heart.

First Nations Elder Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor
Concept/ Co-Creator/ Performer 
Mahdi Mohammadi
Co-Creator/ Performer Jawad Yaqoubi
Co-Creator/ Performer Bibi Goul Mossavi
Guest Artist Jalal Nazari
Director Paul Dwyer
Video Artist Sean Bacon
Lighting Designer Neil Simpson
Associate Dramaturg Bernadette Fam
Project Intern Olivia Xegas
Producer PYT Fairfield


Tuesday 30 November (Preview), 7pm
Wednesday 1 December (Opening night), 7pm
Thursday 2 December, 7pm
Friday 3 December, 7pm
Saturday 4 December, 2pm & 7pm

Where 19 Harris Street, Fairfield NSW 2165

Cost General Admission $30 + BF
Concession, student and community tickets $22.00 + BF
Preview $22 (30 November)+ BF

Tour History
2021 – Sydney Festival, Carriageworks

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.

Image Credit: Anna Kucera

Image Description: Taken during the Dorr-e Dari premiere at Sydney Festival 2021, Jawad, Bibi and Mahdi are holding a book and are turning in circles. The projection behind them is a deep night purple and white Persian text is displayed in circles that appear to never end.