“No rehearsals. No preparation. Just a sealed envelope and an actor reading a script for the first time.”
It was this unique, brave, experimental concept for the theatre show Nassim that hooked me as I read about it in the 2018 OzAsia Festival program. To my theatre-buff brain, being able to bear witness to a show being discovered and delivered for the first time by a solo performer was a very intriguing idea. But in reality, I had no idea what I was in for; little did I know, I was walking into one of the most funny, emotional, personal, innovative, interactive, and universal productions I’ve ever seen.
Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour has crafted a show that explores the liberating and limiting nature language in our world, the freedom only some of us have to use it, and most importantly, the beauty of blooming friendships and the deep desire we all have to make our families – more specifically, our mothers - proud.
To say much more would give away the crucially-surprising unveilings scattered throughout the show, but I will say this: Nassim is truly a feat of perfect production planning. To me, Nassim is live theatre at its best, and encapsulates what live theatre is all about – the power it has, in the right hands, to unite a room full of strangers, from different places, cultures and tongues, through a very special shared experience.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Nassim (#nassimtheplay) was brought to Adelaide as part of OzAsia Festival 2018. It had a limited three show run, with the remaining two shows on Friday the 2nd of Saturday the 3rd of November at AC Arts Theatre, Light Square. For further information, click here.
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