writer & narrator Feraidoon Mojadedi
director James Berlyn
creative producer Zainab Syed
illustrator Hadia Bangesh
composers Sinan Aizad, Mujeeb Khan Mahadik
set Matthew McVeigh
lighting Lucy Birkinshaw
sound realisor/mentor Tristen Parr
visual realisor/mentor Mia Holton
Subiaco Arts Centre Perth
Performing Lines 2019
My original role for Layla Majnun was as projection design advisor and mentor to emerging theatre artists.
Additionally, as visual realisor, I was tasked with animating Hadia Bangesh's illustrations and projecting them as moving line drawings across the set, which comprised of 7, three-sided pillars.
Some of these pillars rotated and changed positions throughout the show, making the projection mapping quite complicated.
Below is a map of the story which contains all the illustrations.
More than 1800 lines required fine-tuning and animating.
This video shows the style of animation:
Often described as the Romeo and Juliet of the East, Layla Majnun is a powerful and enduring tale of love and separation loved by cultures across the world. Now re-imagined into a solo show featuring Farsi scholar and storyteller, Ustaadh Feraidoon Mojadedi, the show has been created by a team of diverse artists from Western Australia and directed by James Berlyn.
Showcasing poems by Rumi and other poets, this hour-long performance integrates traditional Persian storytelling with contemporary visual projections and original music, bringing this tale to the 21st Century.