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(Not) my paradise

Sachli Gholamalizad / KVS

Sachli Gholamalizad tells the story of her grandmother and grandfather who owns a fashionable nightclub where divas and alcohol flourish. Old uncles enjoy relating grandfather’s heroic stories, but through the cracks of the past his dark side also emerges ... as well as the differences between men and women, East and West, and freedom and boundaries. The inheritance, a piece of land on the Caspian Sea, has both united and divided the family for decades.

The young Belgian-Iranian dramatist and actress Sachli Gholamalizad received both national and international acclaim for her successful performance A Reason to talk, about the events surrounding her mother’s migration. You might also have seen her in TV series and films. She drew her inspiration for (Not) my paradise from numerous conversations with her grandmother, other family members and visitors to her grandfather’s nightclub.

Sachli Gholamalizad became one of the KVS Faces since the 2016-2017 season.


13.09.2016 - BRUZZ - Sachli Gholamalizad
13.10.2016 - Theaterkrant - The ties that bind
14.10.2016 - Het Parool - Heimwee: het lot van de migrant


BY & WITH Sachli Gholamalizad scenography 88888 (Karel Burssens, Jeroen Verrecht) Sound design Sebastiaan Van Den Branden Sound Donald Berlanger light design Ralf Nonn light technique Margareta Andersen Editing Moj Bah Camera Sachli Gholamalizad Second camera Julie De Clercq dramaturgy Tunde Adefioye Video technique Pier Gallen translaters Isabelle Grynberg (EN/FR), Martine Wezenbeek (EN/NL), Anne Vanderschueren (NL/FR), Trevor Perri (NL/EN), Moj Bah (Far/EN) surtitling Inge Floré production & video Catherine Vervaecke PRODUCTION KVS coproduction De Brakke Grond, Vooruit, Royal Theatre Plymouth, Richard Jordan Productions Ltd. thanks to Maryam Kamal Hedayat


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Technical sheet
Live recording