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

Term 2

Performed for students for the first time after a sell-out Sydney Festival season, a timely tale of love, food and classical Persian culture from Afghanistan, via young artists from Western Sydney.

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"[PYT] engages artists and people who have lived all kinds of lives; if we celebrate theatrical experiences made to shape the world... there may be hope for theatre yet."
Sydney Morning Herald

Intimate storytelling and epic ballads

Recognise the butterflies, and tune in to a thousand-year strong tradition of courtly Persian love poetry from Sydney’s leading theatre company for young professional artists, PYT Fairfield.

Through intimate storytelling and epic ballads from the streets of Kabul, Tehran and Quetta, via Western Sydney, your young Afghani hosts will guide you on the path to love – from getting caught in school writing love letters to the art of flirting, romance and forming relationships.

Inspired by the tradition of private recitals and ‘curtain shows’ performed throughout the Persian-speaking world, this rich and tender theatre work demonstrates there’s a verse for every condition of the heart.

Exploring Persian-language cultural traditions in a contemporary Australian context, the work is theatrical, conversational and spiritual – audiences will experience heavenly singing, joyous dancing, personal storytelling and sumptuous video imagery.

Dorr-e Dari not only invites students to experience the culturally diverse and rich cultures on their doorstep but also to consider how translation and interpretation of universal themes of love and relationships are celebrated and experienced across cultures over time.

Join our Afghan-Australian artists on stage, with guests appearing on video phone calls from Afghanistan, Iran and Canada, as they invite young people into the charmed space of a poetry circle where, at least for a moment, any problem might be solved with a couplet.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

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Stage 5

Stage 6


C think in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive and critical

EN5-5C thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information and increasingly complex ideas and arguments to respond to and compose texts in a range of contexts


EN5-6C investigates the relationships between and among texts


D express themselves and their relationships with others and their world

EN5-7D understands and evaluates the diverse ways texts can represent personal and public worlds


EN5-8D questions, challenges and evaluates cultural assumptions in texts and their effects on meaning


English Standard

Objective A





EN11-1 responds to and composes increasingly complex texts for understanding, interpretation, analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure

EN11-2 uses and evaluates processes, skills and knowledge required to effectively respond to and compose texts in different modes, media and technologies

EN12-1 independently responds to and composes complex texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure

EN12-2 uses, evaluates and justifies processes, skills and knowledge required to effectively respond to and compose texts in different modes, media and technologies

English Advanced

Objective A


EA11-1 responds to, composes and evaluates complex texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure


EA12-1 independently responds to, composes and evaluates a range of complex texts for understanding, interpretation, critical analysis, imaginative expression and pleasure

English Studies

Objective A


ES11-1 comprehends and responds to a range of texts, including short and extended texts, literary texts and texts from academic, community, workplace and social contexts for a variety of purposes

ES12-1 comprehends and responds analytically and imaginatively to a range of texts, including short and extended texts, literary texts and texts from academic, community, workplace and social contexts for a variety of purposes


The role of language and culture

LPE5-9U explains and reflects on the interrelationship between language, culture and identity



Systems of language

LPE5-8U analyses linguistic, structural and cultural features in a range of texts



Accessing and responding

LPE5-2C identifies and interprets information in a range of texts


LPE5-3C evaluates and responds to information, ideas and opinions in texts, using a range of formats for specific contexts, purposes and audiences


Persian Continuers

analyse, process and respond to texts that are in Persian


3.1 identifies and conveys the gist, main points, supporting points and detailed items of specific information

3.2 infers point of view, attitudes or emotions from language and context

3.3 summarises, interprets and evaluates information

3.4 compares and contrasts aspects of texts



5.2.1  responds to, reflects on and evaluates elements of drama, dramatic forms, performance styles, dramatic techniques and theatrical conventions

5.3.2  analyses the contemporary and historical contexts of drama

5.3.3 analyses and evaluates the contribution of individuals and groups to processes and performances in drama using relevant drama concepts and terminology.


Critically Studying


P3.1 critically appraises and evaluates, both orally and in writing, personal performances and the performances of others

P3.2 understands the variety of influences that have impacted upon drama and theatre performance styles, structures and techniques

P3.3 analyses and synthesises research and experiences of dramatic and theatrical styles, traditions and movements

H3.1 critically applies understanding of the cultural, historical and political contexts that have influenced specific drama and theatre practitioners, styles and movements

H3.2 analyses, synthesises and organises knowledge, information and opinion in coherent, informed oral and written responses


H3.3 demonstrates understanding of the actor-audience relationship in various dramatic and theatrical styles and movements

Attitudes and Values


P3.4 appreciates the contribution that drama and theatre make to Australian and other societies by raising awareness and expressing ideas about issues of interest

H3.4 appreciates and values drama and theatre as significant cultural expressions of issues and concerns in Australian and other societies

H3.5 appreciates the role of the audience in various dramatic and theatrical styles and movements

Ticket and Travel Subsidy

The Sydney Opera House is committed to providing the very best national and international performing arts experiences to NSW students as part of their educational studies.

The Sydney Opera House Arts Assist program provides the full cost of the Creative Learning performance ticket and $5 per student toward travel costs. School applications are assessed according to socioeconomic disadvantage, schools with special needs and individual responses regarding the School Profile and School Community.

Arts Assist is enabled by the Sydney Opera House Ladies Committee, Colin Adams, and Richard Adams.

Venue Information

In line with the NSW Public Health Order, venue capacity is currently limited to 75%. This includes all performances in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you may be seated directly alongside other patrons.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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