Nassim Soleimanpour











Dear performer. I want to show you something. Did you know, in Farsi my name is written like this: ‘.RUOPNAMIELOS MISSAN si eman yM’

From Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour comes an audacious new theatrical experiment. Each night a different performer joins the playwright on stage, while the script waits unseen in a sealed box…

Touchingly autobiographical yet powerfully universal, NASSIM is a striking theatrical demonstration of how language can both divide and unite us.

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 Stephen Fry, Ken Loach and Whoopi Goldberg.


Show Duration: 60 - 80min, no interval
Audience Suitability: 12+
Stage Size: Any
Venue Capacity: 20 - 800
Touring Party: 3

Pearl Herbert


Writer and Performer:
Nassim Soleimanpour
Performer: A new actor for every performance
Director: Omar Elerian
Designer: Rhys Jarman
Sound Designer: James Swadlo
Lighting Designer:
Rajiv Pattani
Production Manager:
Michael Ager
Script Editors: Carolina Ortega & Stewart Pringle
NASSIM was commissioned and produced by the Bush Theatre and opened at the Bush Theatre on 25 July 2017.


"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
"A tantalising theatrical provocation that breaks down all walls between stage and audience."
The Stage
"Surprising, disarming, and ultimately moving, NASSIM is a cleverly constructed theatrical game that forges a delicate connection between strangers in real time."
Sydney Morning Herald