Walidad the Grass Cutter
Saturday, 10 Mar 2018 - 02:00 PM
Sunday, 11 Mar 2018 - 02:00 PM

Studio Theatre
Toronto Centre for the Arts

Walidad the Grass Cutter  tells the moving tale of a humble man whose generosity inadvertently draws him into the heady and dangerous world of powerful people and high finance. The story is resolved as each character finds their own parameters for happiness. Performed with delicately carved wood rod marionettes and traditional Persian music, the play  is a celebration of the richness of Persian culture and shows a very different aspect of the middle-east rarely portrayed in the media.

In 1976 Puppetmongers Ann and David Powell toured Iran with their show  The Miller. Touched by the country and its people, they were inspired to create  Walidad the Grass Cutter, based on their experiences and observations of an ancient culture adapting to a modern world. In 2004, Puppetmongers returned to Iran to perform  Walidad  at the 10th  Tehran International Puppet Theatre Festival.

This production is recipient of a  Citation for Excellence in the Art of Puppetry  from l’Union International de la Marionette – USA.