Posted: Monday, 1 September 2014 at 9:46am
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour is a far cry from what theatre goers would consider a regular theatre experience. Soleimanpour, who refused to take part in Iran’s compulsory military service, is unable to leave the country. So he has constructed a play that can travel without the usual trappings of a theatre production.
There are no rehearsals. No director. No script rewrites. There is only one actor each night. They don’t know the script until they walk on stage and sneak peeks are unavailable because no one is allowed to film the play.
“It’s an astonishingly brilliant piece of work really, it kind of sat me down the first time I read it and I felt really compelled to do it,” says Melissa Cantwell, Artistic Director Perth Theatre Company.
This mysterious production has been performed around the world and is due to open in Perth on September 2. The play will be performed by nine actors and in an unusual twist Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlum will also take the stage.
“I don’t even know what I’m going to be doing let alone how it’s going to be received,” says actor Sam Longley who will perform opening night.
– Produced by Brendan Hutchens
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit runs 2 – 13 September 2014 at Perth Theatre Company