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Bush Theatre and Nassim Soleimanpour presents

Nassim

Dear performer. I want to show you something. Did you know, in Farsi my name is written like this: ‘.ROUPNAMIELOS 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…

The performers will be:

Tue 18 June – 21-year-old artist and writer Isaiah Hull is a leading member of Manchester’s leading poetry and spoken-word collective Young Identity. His first collection of poetry, Nosebleeds, is published by Wrecking Ball Press. He has opened for Kate Tempest, Saul Williams, the late Amiri Baraka, performed ahead of Skepta at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend festival, and was also in the Imagine Homeland symposium at the 2017 Manchester International Festival marking the 70th anniversary of the partition of India

Wed 19 June – Manchester-based actor Julie Hesmondhalgh is best known for playing Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street for 16 years from 1998, for which she won the Best Serial Drama Performance in the National Television Awards, and Best Actress in the British Soap Awards, both in 2014. She is also a co-founder of leading Manchester theatre company Take Back Theatre, and has performed extensively at the Royal Exchange Theatre

Thu 20 June – Manchester-based poet, writer and author Jackie Kay is currently the Scottish Makar, the Scotland equivalent of the Poet Laureate. Her award-winning memoir, Red Dust Road, is on our stage in September after a run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. She is Chancellor at Salford University, and is also a patron of HOME

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

Winner Scotsman Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Fringe 2017

★★★★ “Nassim Soleimanpour’s latest experiment in playwriting is theatrical, uplifting, and emotionally charged.” – The Stage

★★★★  “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

“Nassim Soleimanpour’s audacious play explores the freedom and limitation of language… The act of staging this show is a striking demonstration of how words can keep us apart but also bring us together.” – The Guardian

“This is a work of theatre that exists outside the norms… A delightfully subversive piece of theatre that has been tackled by artists across the planet with sellout runs in New York, Tokyo and more.”Vancouver Sun

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