“Dear performer. I want to show you something. Did you know, in Farsi my name is written like this: ‘.ROUPNAMIELOS MISSAN si eman yM’ ? Did you know ‘Nassim’ means ‘breeze’ in Farsi?”
From Berlin-based Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour comes 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.
WINNER of the Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Fringe 2017
NASSIM follows Soleimanpour’s globally acclaimed White Rabbit Red Rabbit, which has been translated into over 25 different languages and performed over 1,000 times by names including Sinead Cusack, Ken Loach and Whoopi Goldberg including five performances at English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center in October 2013.
“A strikingly gentle, humane and emotive consideration of the experience of an artist living and working in the diaspora.” | The Herald
“Emotionally charged theatrical experiment.” | The Stage
“An unusually vivid celebration of theatre’s liveness.” | The Guardian
“As he heightens the audience’s sense of complicity in his art, Soleimanpour makes a quietly persuasive case for theatre’s special power to foster empathy.” | London Evening Standard
Nassim Soleimanpour (playwright and performer) is an independent multidisciplinary theater maker best known for his multi award-winning play White Rabbit Red Rabbit. Nassim’s play Blank premiered in the UK at the Bush Theatre’s RADAR festival in 2015, also playing in Amsterdam and Utrecht with further performances all over the world including at the Edinburgh Fringe and in Argentina, Australia and India. Further plays include Blind Hamlet which premiered at LIFT Festival 2014 prior to a UK tour and productions in Bucharest and Copenhagen. Nassim now lives in Berlin and has been commissioned to write a new play for Teater Momentum (Denmark).
Pics: David Monteith-Hodge / Studio Doug
- Fri, January 12, 2018 | 8pmMain Stage
- with 4 additional performances until Jan 17th
Tickets €15 (€9 students)
NASSIM will feature a different performer every night:
TOMAS SPENCER (Theater, Film and Television Actor) on Friday, January 12th,
RUTH ROSENFELD (Actor, Schaubühne) on Saturday, January 13th
JOHN KEOGH (Theater, Film and Television Actor) on Monday, January 15th
JACALYN CARLEY (Choreographer, Co-Founder of Tanzfabrik Berlin, Novelist) on Tuesday, January 16th,
SEAN PATTEN (Performer, Gob Squad) on Wednesday, January 17th
Written and performed by Nassim Soleimanpour
Directed by Omar Elerian
Designed by Rhys Jarman
Sound Design by James Swadlo
Lighting Design by Rajiv Pattani
Script Editors: Carolina Ortega and Stewart Pringle
Nassim was produced by the Bush Theatre, London and opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Traverse Theatre on August 3, 2017.