Layla and Majnun

illUMEnate WA

A tale of love, madness and sacrifice

Once described as the ‘Romeo and Juliet of the East’ by Lord Byron, Layla and Majnun is a story of undying love that is claimed by cultures and traditions across the Islamic world from Persia, to Turkey to Malaysia and beyond.

The story has been passed through generations in pieces and fragments, and has multiple versions. For the first time, these stories from the giants of Persian poetry including Rumi have been consolidated and translated into a single English narrative by US based Farsi scholar and storyteller, Feraidoon Mojadedi.

This new work is being developed by emerging and diverse artists from Western Australia. Together with Feraidoon Mojadedi, and well-known local mentors, the team are exploring ways to incorporate visual projection and sound design with traditional storytelling to bring this tale into the 21st Century.

A timely reminder of the universality of love across cultures around the world, this show will be developed throughout 2017 and 2018, and will seek presentation opportunities for 2019 and beyond.


  • Feraidoon Mojadedi
  • James Berlyn
Visual Designers
  • Osama Mah
  • Hadia Fahad Bangash
Sound Designers
  • Sinan Aizad
  • Mujeeb Khan Mahadik
  • Tristen Parr
  • Mia Holton
  • Fiona de Garis
Produced by
  • Performing Lines WA

Information for Presenters

Zainab Syed Associate Producer

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

The project has been supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, a residency at St Georges Dance and Theatre Program and the LOFT program.

Performing Lines acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work – the Gadigal in Sydney, the Whadjuk in Perth, and the Muwinina in Hobart – and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

We extend those respects to all First Nations peoples on whose lands we travel and perform.