White Rabbit, Red Rabbit
Live Theatre in association with Aurora Nova Productions
The introduction of this play by Nassim Soleimanpour reads “Imagine being 29 and unable to leave your country. Nassim Soleimanpour dissects the experience of a whole generation in a wild, utterly original play from Iran. Forbidden to travel, he turns his isolation to his own advantage with a play that requires no director, no set and a different actor for every performance.”
As part of the Live Theatre’s 40th birthday celebrations a different actor performs this play each night. On the stage is a step ladder, a chair and a table which has 2 glasses of water and a spoon. The script is delivered in a sealed envelope to the actor, who has never seen the script before, and they cold read it in front of the audience.
They have lined up a number of great actors who have links with the Theatre’s past. We had the pleasure of Donald McBride who had previously entertained us in Chalet Lines. His association with Live Theatre goes back to 1977 and he is currently rehearsing to go on tour with Pitmen Painters.
I have no intention of giving the game away – part of the pleasure of watching this play is that neither the actor nor the audience know how the evening will unravel. To state what happens would be like revealing the identity of a who-done-it play or pointing out the big mystery in a film like The Crying Game. However I can see that each night will be unique. Indeed the Theatre will sell you a chance to relive the experience for just £10 if you want to see another audience and another actor going through the contents of that envelope.
Nassim Soleimanpurs’ script reveals one side of the human condition and it makes for an interesting 70 minutes. Donald McBride played his part very well and the intimate surroundings of the Live Theatre makes it an ideal venue for such a show. It is easy to see how this show has gone on to be performed in more than 20 cities in 10 different languages.
The show continues until March 17 – the following details were correct 2.3.2013 – please confirm with the Theatre before booking:
Saturday 2 March Charlie Hardwick
Sunday 3 March Nitin Kundra
Wednesday 6 March: Stephen Tompkinson SOLD OUT
Thursday 7 March Daniel Bye
Friday 8 March Shelagh Stephenson
Saturday 9 March Amy McAllister
Sunday 10 March Kevin Whately SOLD OUT
Thursday 14 March Stella Duffy
Friday 15 March Tracy Whitwell
Saturday 16 March Hywel Morgan
Sunday 17 March Chris Connell
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