Art and Experience: A troupe of 15 thespians with Down syndrome is schedules to perform three plays during the 35th Fajr International Theater Festival.

“This is first troupe of people with Down syndrome active in street theater in the world,” director Rasul Haqshenas said in a press release on Monday.

The group will perform “The Legend of Nanny Fish” and “The White Umbrellas” at Mashayekhi Theater from January 27 to 29.

They will also take “The Legend of the Rainless Plain” to the stage in the courtyard of Tehran’s City Theater Complex.

The plays have been composed based on Iranian folklore stories, said Haqshenas who has been practicing theater therapy with people with Down syndrome for many years.

“By performing the street theater, we want to show the audience how much the people with Down syndrome are able to concentrate on a performance amid the hustle and bustle of the environment,” he mentioned.

“In addition, acting in a street play helps them raise their self-confidence,” he added.

“The subject of training is my main concern in theater therapy,” Haqshenas said.

He noted that few people have expertise in theater therapy in Iran and stressed his readiness to organize workshops on the matter across the country.

Over 20 groups from around the world are currently participating in the Fajr theater festival, which will run until January 31.