'Let's go hand in hand, not one before another.'
Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.
Roy-e-Sabs is a theatrical miracle. In 2005, the group performed Love Labour's Lost in an ancient garden in war-ravaged Kabul, close to where the founder of the Mughal Empire lies buried. The controversial production saw men and women acting together, the women occasionally not wearing headscarves, and lovers holding hands - truly audacious things to rehearse in modern Afghanistan. For the first time, they are leaving Kabul to come to the Globe with a new production of The Comedy of Errors.
Two sets of identical twins, separated as babies during a sandstorm in this brand new Afghan adaptation of Shakespeare's classic, find themselves in the city of Kabul for the first time as adults. Soon, their friends mistake the twins for one another and bewilderment abounds, as the wife of one man declares the other to be her husband, pronouncing him mad when he denies the claim. Exuberant, mystical and brilliantly farcical, Shakespeare's shortest play is a romantic comedy of confusion and ultimate reunion. Rah-e Sabz's adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy is set in the bustling back streets of modern-day Kabul, places of laughter and joy that few foreigners ever get to see or hear about.
Running time: 103 mins
The Winter's Tale Live From Shakespeare's Globe
Thursday 4 October, 7.15pm
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Directed for the Screen:
Solinus, Duke of Ephesus (The Emir), Angelo, (Faraz), Officer Mohammad :
Egeon, (Ehsan), Luce, (Kukeb) :
Shah Mamnoon Maqsudi
Aemilia, the Lady Abbess, (Zan-e Motakef), Officer :
Antipholus of Ephesus, (Arsalan of Kabul) :
Antipholus of Syracuse, (émigré Arsalan) :
Dromio of Ephesus, (emigré Bostan) :
What you have to say
Dr Stephen Purcell Dr Stephen Purcell
The dominant tone of the production was not the edgy topicality suggested by its opening moments, but rather a joyful and exuberant silliness, and a profound sense of optimism. I found it hugely moving to be caught up in such a vigorous display of the emotional power of reconciliation. I sincerely hope the production is able to achieve a similar effect in the home country of its actors.