Polonius Productions – A reading of the classic Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Sunday, 28 March 2021
Riverbank Cafe, Trinculo Place, Queanbeyan (weather permitting)
Performance begins at 4.30pm; concludes approx 5.15pm

Phillip Mackenzie, who has a life-long attachment to the Rubaiyat, is joined by Dawn Gardiner in a witty and wistful conversation between the ageing poet and his slightly more worldly houri; they are supported with traditional dance by Alli Jury Gereige and music by John Mimellis.

Selected verses will be read in the original Farsi by Sam Sharifi.

Phillip Mackenzie speaks to Barbie about the Rubaiyat

Omar Khayyam, 12th century Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and poet, composed hundreds of rubaiyat (quatrains).  Edward Fitzgerald’s 1859 translation of 75 of the stanzas made a major contribution to English literature and became a favourite for recitation in Victorian and Edwardian parlour soirees and, later, was to be found in the kitbags of many soldiers in the two World Wars.

Image from a private library copy of the Rubaiyat dated 1946.