Nassim. No rehearsals. No preparation. A different actor every performance. A script in a sealed envelope. What could go wrong?

Playful, joyful and incredibly moving

This is a show that touches the heart. It’s theatre that uses many tools to tell us a story. A story that is gentle but close to the writer’s heart. To say too much would spoil the surprise, but what a surprise it is.

Today’s performance brings us Desiree Burch, an actor, writer and comedian from New York. She now lives in London, so is well placed to understand the themes of language and country barriers, though maybe not to the extent of the playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. Soleimanpour is an Iranian playwright, who was only allowed to travel for the first time in 2013. In his own words, he has written plays to travel the world when he can’t.

This is a piece about barriers, and trying to fit in. It is playful, joyful and incredibly moving. What Soleimanpour has created is very special. The set is simple. A chair, a desk, a projector and a microphone - with a large box on the desk. The box is the aforementioned ‘envelope’. In his previous show, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, Soleimanpour instructed the actor via the script in their hand, but this time we finally get to meet the man himself, onstage with the rotating actor.

Burch deals with the unpredictable nature of the event very well. Taking control of the space and involving every person in the room. She is not only performing but, and this is rare in theatre, she is also genuinely experiencing everything for the first time, just as the audience is. We see our own reactions all over her face.

Soleimanpour’s writing is special. This is more of an event than theatre; incredibly interactive not only with the audience but with the outside world. We learn so much about him and his culture, and it’s so important for us in these changing times. 

Reviews by Emily Jane Kerr

Trafalgar Studio 1

Nine Night

Old Red Lion Theatre Pub

Is This Thing On?

Heroes @ Monkey Barrel

Spencer Jones: The Audition

Pleasance Dome

Rachel Parris: Keynote

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

The MMORPG Show – No Rolls Bard


Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now



The Blurb

No rehearsals. No preparation. Just a sealed envelope and a different actor every performance reading a script for the first time. Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour returns with an audacious theatrical event in which you will transcend borders and languages. Illuminating, touching, and playful, Soleimanpour’s latest offering will feature a different actor on stage with the playwright himself. Nassim follows Soleimanpour’s globally acclaimed White Rabbit Red Rabbit, which has been translated into 15 different languages and performed over 1,000 times by names including Sinead Cusack, Ken Loach and Whoopi Goldberg. Directed by Omar Elerian.

Most Popular See More

Frozen the Musical

From £36.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Book of Mormon

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Matilda the Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Mousetrap

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mamma Mia!

From £15.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets