With no rehearsal, no director, a different actor each night, and a script waiting in a sealed envelope on stage, internationally acclaimed White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour, is an audience driven, audacious piece of theatre that has delighted attendees for the past nine months at Arts Centre Melbourne.
Previously forbidden to leave his native Iran, Soleimanpour wrote a play which travelled the world in his place. The audience joins each different performer on a journey into the unknown; stumbling upon the personal and profound, the limits of liberty and ultimately, the transformative power of theatre.
Art Centre Melbourne’s monthly series of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit has featured Eddie Perfect, John Wood, Marieke Hardy, Gary Sweet and Kat Stewart, to name a few. Judith Lucy, Celia Pacquola, George Negus and Osamah Sami will be the final hosts of the series over the next two months.
Judith Lucy will take a leap of faith on Thursday 19 October. One of Australia’s most popular comedians, she has become a household name through her work on television and film, however it is her distinctive stage shows that set her apart – painfully honest, sharply observed and with a joke rate second to none.
Celia Pacquola will be on stage the following evening, Friday 20 October. The multi-award-winning comic and talented actress has starred on television shows Offspring, Utopia, Spicks and Specks and Rosehaven, and has forged a career in comedy in Australia and abroad with her stand-out solo festival shows.
Known for his appearances on television series such as 60 Minutes, Foreign Correspondent, Date Line and The Project, renowned journalist and author, George Negus will appear on Saturday 11 November.
Arts Centre Melbourne’s season of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit will conclude on Saturday 2 December with Osamah Sami – an award-winning Australian actor, writer and comedian, born in war-torn Iran to Iraqi parents. He recently wrote and starred in Ali’s Wedding – ‘Australia’s first feel-good Muslim rom-com’.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is a lively, global sensation that enraptures and provokes. Slyly humorous and fearlessly pointed, Soleimanpour’s words have escaped censorship and await their audience in this theatrical social experiment. Don’t miss your final chance to see this once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experience at Arts Centre Melbourne. For more information, visit: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au for details.
Image: Judith Lucy, Celia Pacquola, George Negus and Osamah Sami to appear in White Rabbit, Red Rabbit