“White Rabbit, Red Rabbit”
“White Rabbit, Red Rabbit”
THT Theatre and QTP
Written and Produced by Nassim Soleimanpour
Performed by Deepika Arwind
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit
Will you participate? Will you be manipulated? Will you listen? Will you really listen?
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 audacious theatrical experiment and a potent reminder of the transgressive and transformative power of theatre.
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 where theatre can take you.
Since its joint premiere in 2011, the play has been translated into 15 different languages and has been performed over 200 times by some of the biggest names in theatre and film, including actors John Hurt, Simon McBurney, Stephen Rea, Sinead Cusack, Marcus Brigstocke and Ken Loach.
About the performer: Deepika Arwind
Deepika Arwind is Bangalore-based actor, writer and director. Her works include Nobody Sleeps Alone (nominated for The Hindu Metroplus Playwrights’ Award 2013), A Brief History of Your Hair (supported by India Foundation for the Arts, The New Voices Arts Project and Lshva Studio). Her children’s play One Dream Too Many was invited to the International Playwright’s Intensive at The Kennedy Centre, Washington DC and the University of Maryland in association with ASSITEJ India. She is the recipient of the Toto Award for Creative Writing and was awarded the Lavanya Sankaran Fellowship at the Sangam House International Writer’s Residency. Her current work No Rest in the Kingdom (produced by Sandbox Collective and supported by Shoonya) deals with masculine aggressions through the female performer’s body.
Nassim Soleimanpour is an independent multidisciplinary theatre maker from Tehran, Iran. His plays have been translated into more than 20 languages. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, written to travel the world when he couldn’t, his work has been awarded the Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award and The Arches Brick Award (Edinburgh Fringe) as well as picking up nominations for a Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award.
By the time Nassim was permitted to travel for the first time in early 2013, his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit had been performed over 200 times in 15 languages. Since then Nassim has facilitated workshops and panels in different countries including World Theatre Festival (Brisbane), Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam), SESC Vila Mariana (Sao Paulo), Schauspielhaus (Vienna), DPAC (Kuala Lampur), Theatretreffen (Berlin), British Council (London), Asia House (London) and University of Bremen (Germany). Nassim’s second play Blind Hamlet for the London based Actors Touring Company premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has since toured extensively around the UK and was received well in Bucharest and Copenhagen. Nassim now lives in Berlin with his wife Shirin and dog Echo. His third play BLANK premiered in November 2015 at Dancing on the Edge Festival in Amsterdam and Utrecht followed by performances at Radar Festival in London.
The Humming Tree
The Humming Tree is an arts, music and performance space in Bangalore, India, open since June 2013. At the present moment, along with major international artists who are touring with us, they are curating 25+ programmes a month including fantastic music gigs, fun workshops, film screenings, exhibitions, cultural performances, theatre, spoken word poetry, reading and storytelling sessions and other educational gatherings. They aim at providing a platform for the different arts, keeping in mind the beautifully varied resources and audiences we have access to. In addition to the performance venue, we run a fresh, unique kitchen and bar service.
Wednesday | 29th March 2017 | 8:00 PM
The Humming Tree
Performance Venue & Bar
#949, 3rd Floor & Rooftop,
12th Main Road,
Bengaluru – 560038.