This masterclass will look at the play The Arrival, a taut family drama about obsession, betrayal and the human need to belong, written and directed by Bijan. It premiered last year at the Bush Theatre and the session will discuss the process of putting the play on.  

There will also be time for a more general Q&A.

 How to Apply

Due to the format of this Zoom masterclass, we have a limited restriction on the number of people who can meaningfully take part. If you’d like the opportunity to attend, please apply by emailing with the subject heading SHEIBANI. Please include your photo, CV and a telephone number.

Applications to attend close at 1pm on Monday 12 October.

Please note you must be a Masterclass member to apply.
If you have been chosen to take part, you will be notified by Tuesday 13 Oct and emailed the script to read prior to the masterclass. On the day itself, you will be emailed the Zoom link. If you are selected, but find out that you are unable to attend, please let us know ASAP. 
If you do not hear from us, unfortunately you have not been selected on this occasion. Please see our FAQs for more information.

About Bijan

Bijan Sheibani is a writer and director of theatre and film.
His debut play The Arrival was at the Bush Theatre in 2019 and 2020 where it garnered outstanding reviews. He recently wrote and directed Morning Song, a short film for Film4 and he is now developing a feature film with Film4.
Recent theatre and opera credits include Dance Nation by Clare Barron for the Almeida, The Brothers Size by Tarell McCraney for the Young Vic, Barber Shop Chronicles by Inua Ellams for the National Theatre, Fuel and West Yorkshire Playhouse, and Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker for Home in Manchester.
Barber Shop Chronicles has toured extensively around the world, from The Roundhouse in Camden to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.
Bijan was an associate director at the National Theatre for five years, where his directing credits include Our Class by Tadeusz Slobodzianek (Olivier nomination for Best Director), The Kitchen by Arnold Wesker, Emil and the Detectives by Carl Miller after Erich Kastner’s children’s book, and A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney which was recently revived for a UK tour and West End run. He was artistic director of Actors Touring Company from 2007-2010 and won the James Menzies Kitchen Award for Young Directors in 2003.

Please note, attendance to this masterclass is by application only. Please see above to apply.