Modern theatre audiences have become accustomed to being told to switch off their mobile phones before the start of a play; but those attending White Rabbit, Red Rabbit – a new work from 29-year-old Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour at the Gate theatre in London – are specifically instructed to keep their phones turned on.
Soleimanpour is not allowed to leave his native Iran, as he is a conscientious objector who has refused to take part in military service, which is mandatory for all Iranian men. Unable to travel, Soleimanpour has turned his isolation to his own advantage with a play that is written in English but which requires no director, no set and a different actor for each performance. Each performer – among them comedians Mark Watson and Tom Basden and actors Juliet Stevenson, Tamsin Greig and Janet Suzman – read Soleimanpour’s script for the first time on stage. “The audience are given my email address during the show,” the playwright explained via email from Iran, “and they can send me photographs and notes by mobile phone.”
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