Cheetah - Play


Screenplay Outline

A wildlife thriller


Inspired by real events that are prevalent in Iran right now, CHEETAH tells the story of how Persia’s “Jewel in the Crown” - the Asiatic Cheetah - is fighting for its survival.

Rangers and Poachers are living and fighting at the crossroads in a battle between nature and human nature.

We follow Hassan, Director of the Cheetah Reserve, who is doing all he can to mediate and resolve the enormous social, environmental, and political conflicts. His case is supported by the visit of an Irish Photographer who is out to get his ‘killer pic’ of the rare Asiatic Cheetah in the wild & remote eastern deserts of Iran; exclusively for the front page of his International Wildlife Magazine.

A young Iranian village schoolgirl, inspired by her visiting Art Teacher from Tehran, is determined to uncover the mystery behind something untoward going on – even within her own family.

We are taken on a thrilling ride as we sense that the CHEETAH is a conduit for us; to resolve in ourselves the internal and external battle for truth, understanding, and harmony.

8 Iranian Conservationists involved in protecting the Asiatic Cheetah are currently being detained.


Stage-play Synopsis 

The stage-play CHEATING THE CHEETAH was written first and is set in a similar location. The herding family feature in both play and film. While the predecessors of the film’s protagonists HASSAN and AGUAH are, in the stage-play: REZA a radical young zoologist and LEILA a London-based artist, passionate supporter, and illustrator of the cheetah storybook. 


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What people have said

  • Rena Owen, Polywood Productions

    It is a great and important story with awesome visuals, colorful rich characters, solid relationships, and it has a lot of soul and a very big heart! It ticks a lot of cinema boxes...

  • Thomas Strudwick, Director of Film, AUB, and Screenwriter Consultant

    I enjoyed the read. It's well-written, the setting is fresh and exciting and the story is packed with incident - there is so much going on!

  • L.A. Screenwriter, Christopher Brian Halvorson

    He is a talented writer with a lot of charm – even though the topic is tragic... Once it got going I was engaged in the story. It has a lot of great things working for it... Most projects gain traction because of the concept. You have a great concept!

  • Papatango New Writing Prize

    A play about political, environmental, and cultural topics, focused around the extinction of the Iranian cheetah. An epic journey in two acts, the stakes are given the time they need for set up so that when things start going wrong, the curveballs are devasting. High quality writing, engaging characters that represent a range of fully three dimensional people with their own individual tracks through the story, and a setting that is visually striking, even on the page.

  • Royal Court

    It offered an engaging, in-depth and incredibly well-researched insight into a subject and place which was refreshingly unfamiliar to us.  The atmosphere and energy of Eastern Iran and its culture felt theatrically realised and beautifully represented.

  • Theatre 503

    The plot of the play is emotionally fraught and hugely interesting.  This is absolutely not a typical story to find on a London stage, which makes it refreshing to read.  In saying that, the themes are universal and timely......Characterisation in this play is achieved beautifully.  The dialogue is naturalistic, rich and multi-faceted.  We can easily believe these characters have lives outside of the action and actors would find a wealth of material here to draw from......I found the ending to be very emotionally effective and dramatically satisfying.  This writer understands how to execute a story and how to emotionally involve their audience.

  • Watermill Theatre

    This is a superb piece! I really enjoyed reading it and was gripped throughout....Tremendously revealing of a very misunderstood situation and culture, and very timely......Stunningly good ending.

  • Boundless Theatre & Dramaturge, Rob Drummer

    I’m reflecting upon the great ambition here...I was really happy to spend time in this world with these people...The central themes of preservation and perseverance are well explored...refreshing to see this particular subject tackled with a backdrop of nuclear issues.