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A Djal-ightful performance

Wednesday, 29th January, 2020 4:02pm

A celebrated actor and comedian is reviving one of his early theatrical stage plays for three nights at the Cork Arts Theatre.

Actor and stand-up comedian Omid Djalili will perform one of his earliest stage creations, ‘A Strange Bit of History’.

Omid will take to the stage for three performances of the one-man play at The Cork Arts Theatre, following a sold out run in September at the British Library in London. The performances will take place on Friday 31 January and Saturday 1 February at 8pm, and Sunday 2 February at 3pm.

‘A Strange Bit of History’ is an enthralling and hilarious storytelling performance full of mystical experiences, astonishing claims, adventures and tragedies. It is set against the backdrop of tumultuous expectations surrounding a 'Promised One' in Persia in 1844.

Omid portrays a rich diversity of characters, both tragic and comic. The yarn is spun by scholars and famous names of the day. It also features portrayals of an Egyptian camel-driver, a chief executioner of Tehran, and a distressed modern-day poet.

‘A Strange Bit of History’ was first performed at the Edinburgh Festival, where it won the Spirit of the Fringe Award. Since its original Fringe run, it was been performed 109 times in 10 different countries.

Omid is best known for his stand-up career, including a performance on Live at the Apollo and his own HBO special. He is also a celebrated actor, with roles in ‘Gladiator’, ‘Shaun the Sheep’, ‘The Mummy’, and ‘Sex and the City 2’. Omid’s theatre credits include ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, ‘What the Butler Saw’, and Fagin in ‘Oliver’.

The performances on Friday and Saturday are sold out, with tickets still available for Sunday 2 February. Tickets are €15 for adults, and €10 for students plus booking fee. For further information and to book tickets, visit corkartstheatre.com.

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