Pop Up worked with Tiny Owl Publishing to bring The Phoenix of Persia, an immersive story experience based on an epic Iranian poem, into classrooms around the country. The Phoenix of Persia – written by Sally Pomme Clayton and illustrated by Amin Hassanzadeh Sharif – is based on a story from the Shahnameh, one of the great epics of world literature by the 10th century Iranian poet Ferdowsi.
Sally Pomme and Amin visited Pop Up Festival classrooms and venues around the country, giving children a live experience of this unique story. This included immersive performances using Iranian storytelling techniques and music, and an exploration of centuries of artistic representations of Shahnameh, from exquisitely detailed Persian miniatures to contemporary illustrations. Cross-curricular teacher resources were also provided to help classes explore the Shahnameh as part of a wider introduction to the culture and heritage of Iran; with inspiring activities on history, art, music, drama, geography and more.