From Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour comes NASSIM – an audacious theatrical experiment that explores the power of language to unite us in unknown, uncertain times. No rehearsals. No preparation. Just a sealed envelope and an actor reading a script for the first time. Plus some tomatoes…
Described by The Guardian as ‘a clever, subversive piece about the slipperiness of language and meaning” – Soleimanpour will be joined on stage by Alison Bell, Benjamin Law, Charlie Pickering, Nakkiah Lui, Catherine McClements and Denise Scott over the course of five nights from 23 January at Arts Centre Melbourne.
This award-winning show by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour follows the hugely popular White Rabbit Red Rabbit series – written when Soleimanpour, a conscientious objector, was forbidden to leave his native Iran, travelling the show in his place.
Translated into 25 different languages, White Rabbit Red Rabbit has been performed over 1,000 times by some of the biggest names in theatre and film including Sinead Cusack, Ken Loach and Whoopi Goldberg, and locally by the likes of Kat Stewart, Shaun Micallef, Celia Pacquola.
Now living in Berlin and able to travel, NASSIM sees Soleimanpour join each performer on stage. Slyly humorous and fearlessly pointed, Soleimanpour’s words have escaped censorship and await their audience in this theatrical social experiment.
“A strikingly gentle, humane and emotive consideration of the experience of an artist living and working in the diaspora.” – The Herald
Fairfax Studio – Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne
Season: 23 – 28 January 2018
Information and Bookings: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
Image: Alison Bell, Charlie Pickering, Benjamin Law, Catherine McClements, Nakkiah Lui and Denise Scott to star in NASSIM (supplied)