World Theatre Festival
Brisbane Powerhouse presents
White Rabbit Red Rabbit
Thu 14 - Sun 24 Feb 2013
- AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE -
Imagine being 29 and forbidden to leave your country. How would you share your story with the world?
Until recently Nassim Soleimanpour was not free; not enough to travel. Having refused the mandatory military service in Iran, Nassim was not qualified to obtain a passport.
Turning isolation to his own advantage, Soleimanpour has created an intensely personal script that travels the world without him. It requires no director, no set and a different performer for every performance.
Neither the performer nor you will know what lies ahead. Thus begins a metaphorical journey into this wild, utterly original play that dissects the reality of a whole generation of Iranians.
By Nassim Soleimanpour. Dramaturgy by Daniel Brooks and Ross Manson.
White Rabbit Red Rabbit will be performed by a different performer each night. Guests include Miles O'neill (Thu 14 Feb), Helen Cassidy (Fri 15 Feb), Richard Fidler (Sat 16 Feb), Luisa Hastings Edge (Sun 17 Feb), Melanie Zanetti (Thu 21 Feb), Lucas Stibbard (Fri 22 Feb), Natalie Bochenski (Sat 23 Feb), and Justin Hamilton (Sun 24 Feb).
White Rabbit Red Rabbit was originally produced by Volcano Theatre in association with Necessary Angel and Wolfgang Hoffmann.
Suitable for people aged 15 years and over. A free Q&A session will follow the Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 performances.
Duration: 60mins, no interval
Nassim recently accepted the position Director of International Affairs at the Fadjr International Theatre Festival in Tehran. He was also recently granted a passport for travel. Join him in person at the Q&A sessions or at In Conversation: Is New Writing the New Black? on Sat 16 Feb.
About the Company:
In Feb 2011, Wolfgang Hoffmann of Berlin's Aurora Nova Productions and Ross Manson of Canada's Volcano Theatre travelled to the Fadjr International Theatre Festival in Tehran where they were invited to a run-through of White Rabbit Red Rabbit. This is a work about contemporary Iran and of Nassim Soleimanpour’s generation which was born during the incredible hardship of the Iran-Iraq war. Computer literate and well-informed, this is a generation that has never known an Iran other than the Islamic Republic. The art being made is worthy of notice.
Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance 2012
Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award 2011
The Arches Brick Award, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011
Total Theatre Award Nominee 2011
Brighton Festival Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award nominee 2011
Groups 3+ $20
Special offer 3+ shows $20