In Mandurah: Performance without preparation in Nassim

Nassim Soleimanpour is going to fly unprepared and unscripted for his performance at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
Nassim Soleimanpour is going to fly unprepared and unscripted for his performance at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

WHAT would happen if an actor were to perform a play without any rehearsals, preparations or even without reading the script?

Celebrating the raw and unexpected, Nassim is a theatrical adventure that invites a new actor each night to take the stage and read the script for the first time, ensuring each performance is unique and impossible to replicate.

The 2018 Perth Festival brings the most innovative and playful theatre to Australia and Mandurah with the Australian premiere season of Nassim Soleimanpour’s self-titled show, at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on February 9 and 10, direct from its award-winning Edinburgh season.

The Iranian-born, Berlin-based playwright continues his specialty of a very specific kind of theatre after his 2010 White Rabbit Red Rabbit was translated into 25 languages.

In Nassim, each new actor (Mandurah Performing Arts Centre is looking at some well-known local celebs) begins with a sealed envelope containing a script they have never read before.

The script – entirely in Farsi – is projected onto a screen for the audience to read and discover together with the actor.

Soleimanpour keeps control by feeding the actor their lines, coaxing them on stage and even playfully hurting them when they go wrong.

The playwright explores themes of his childhood, love, family and his promises to his mother. Yet, at the heart of the emotionally charged piece are the freedoms, power and uncertainty of language, and how it can unite us.

Soleimanpour’s work has drawn inspiration from his situation as an artist once barred from travelling abroad and whose plays have never been performed in his home country.