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Running Time 70 minutes (no interval)

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No rehearsals. A script waiting on stage in a sealed box. Alison Bell, plus the playwright himself.

Direct from Edinburgh Fringe Festival comes NASSIM – an audacious theatrical experiment, featuring a different performer each night, exploring the power of language to unite humanity in unknown, uncertain times.

★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ The Scotsman
2017 Scotsman Fringe First Award (The Edinburgh Festival Fringe)

This award-winning show by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour follows the hugely popular White Rabbit Red Rabbit series – written when Soleimanpour, a conscientious objector, was forbidden to leave his native Iran, travelling the show in his place. Translated into 25 different languages, White Rabbit Red Rabbit has been performed over 1,000 times by some of the biggest names in theatre and film including Sinead Cusack, Ken Loach and Whoopi Goldberg, and locally by the likes of Kat Stewart, Shaun Micallef, Celia Pacquola. Now living in Berlin and able to travel, NASSIM sees Soleimanpour join each performer on stage.

Alison Bell will take a leap into the unknown on 23 January. Alison's theatre work has earned her two Helpmann Awards (Doubt, 2006 and Hedda Gabler 2013) and a Green Room Award for her body of work (Sleeping Beauty; The Spook, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 2007). She has appeared in many Australian television series including Laid, HBO’s The Leftovers,Upper Middle Bogan and most recently starring in The Letdown, which she co-created and co-wrote, winning the 2016 AACTA award for Best Screenplay in Television.

*guest artists are subject to change

NASSIM was produced by the Bush Theatre and opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Traverse Theatre on 3 August 2017.

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