- Daily Telegraph (UK)
‘Entertaining, ingeniously thought-provoking and fully heart-warming.’
A Nassim Soleimanpour and Bush Theatre production
No rehearsals. No preparation. Just a sealed envelope and a new actor reading a script for the first time every performance. Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour brings to Perth an audacious event that transcends borders and language.
Illuminating and playful, NASSIM invites you to celebrate the raw and unexpected in a striking theatrical demonstration of how language can divide us but also bring us together. NASSIM was produced by the Bush Theatre and opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Traverse Theatre on 3 August 2017. Direct from an award winning Edinburgh season, this new work is touchingly autobiographical while remaining powerfully universal.
Scarlett Stevens, Tuesday 20 February, 8pm
Scarlett Stevens is currently singer and drummer for renown Australian indie rock group San Cisco. She has also drummed recently for the Australian band GUM and Ghetto Crystals. At the age of 10, she was a founding member of the original rock band The Flairz, who played across Australia, released singles and videos for four years. Over the last 10 years, San Cisco have travelled the world and become the darlings of Australia’s indie pop scene. Scarlett has a strong interest in fashion, design and Dj’ing ( DJ Beryl Streep).
Andrea Gibbs, Wednesday 21 February, 8pm
Andrea Gibbs is the host of Weekends With Andrea Gibbs on ABC digital radio across Australia and the co-creator of Barefaced Stories, Australia’s longest running storytelling night of its kind. In 2003 she won Triple J’s Raw Comedy State Final and is a core member of Perth’s premiere improv-comedy ensemble The Big HOO-HAA! As an actor, her credits include the Griffin Theatre Company/Perth Theatre Company production of 8 Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography, Is This Thing On? By Zoe Coombs-Marr, The Mars Project by Wil O’Mahoney and Ben Elton’s new feature film Three Summers alongside Magda Szubanski.
Humphrey Bower, Thursday 22 February, 8pm
Humphrey Bower is an actor, writer, director and dramaturg based in Perth. He has worked in theatre, dance, puppetry and contemporary performance with mainstage and independent companies and artists around the country. He was a founding member of Melbourne collective Whistling in the Theatre in the 1980s and Perth independent company Last Seen Imagining from 2001 to 2007, and was Artistic Director of Night Train Productions from 2007 to 2015. He is the 2018 Festival Navigator.
Richard Fidler, Friday 23 February, 8pm
Richard Fidler presents Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC Radio. The program also is the most popular podcast in Australia. Richard is the author of Ghost Empire, the story of his journey to Istanbul with his son Joe, and is part of the 2018 Perth Festival Writers Week program with his latest book Sagaland, co-written by with Kári Gíslason, about the Icelandic sagas. He was once in the comedy trio The Doug Anthony Allstars.
Kelton Pell, Saturday 24 February, 2pm
Kelton Pell is one of our finest indigenous actors. His 20-year theatre career includes Bidnjareb Pinjarra, Bunuba Films’ Jandamarra, Black Swan State Theatre Company productions of Endgame, Twelfth Night and a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sydney Theatre Company’s Bloodland and The Secret River, and Yirra Yakin’s The Fever and The Fret. His film roles include Bran Nue Dae, Blackfellas, Australian Rules, One Night the Moon and Red Dog: True Blue and Three Summers. On TV he has appeared in The Circuit, Cloudstreet, Redfern Now, The Moodys and The Gods Of Wheat Street.
Matt Dyktynski, Saturday 24 February, 8pm
Matt Dyktynski is an actor and comedian and co-host of mix94.5’s The Big Breakfast team, Clairsy, Matt and Kymba. His stage and screen credits include mainstage roles with Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Black Swan State Theatre Company, the films Japanese Story and Road to Nhill, and TV series Doctor Blake Mysteries, Secret Life Of Us, Blue Heelers, All Saints and Offspring. As a stand-up comic: he has performed at the Edinburgh, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth comedy festivals.
Sisonke Msimang, Sunday 25 February, 5pm
Sisonke Msimang is a South African writer whose work is focused on race, gender and democracy. She has written for a range of international publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Newsweek and Al Jazeera. Her first book, Always Another Country: a Memoir of Exile and Home, was released in 2017. Msimang is head of oral storytelling at Perth’s Centre for Stories.
Also playing at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre 9 & 10 Feb and Albany Entertainment Centre 16 Feb.
Images: David Monteith-Hodge & Helen Murray
Tickets from $36 + BF
Reserved Seating Friend $36 / Adult $36
60 – 80mins no interval
Cast & Crew
Writer & Performer Nassim Soleimanpour
Performers Scarlett Stevens, Andrea Gibbs, Humphrey Bower, Richard Fidler, Matt Dyktynski, Sisonke Msimang
Director Omar Elerian
Designer Rhys Jarman
Sound Designer James Swadlo
Lighting Designer Rajiv Pattani
Production Manager Michael Ager
Script Editors Carolina Ortega, Stewart Pringle
Post Show Conversation
Wed 21 Feb, 9.15pm
Supported by the British Council
Student Tickets $16
To book School Group Tickets to NASSIM please email email@example.com
NASSIM provides an opportunity for students to enquire into general capabilities of intercultural and ethical understanding. Each performance centres on a dialogue between playwright, actor and audience, in which everyone involved must endeavour to make themselves understood.
20 Feb - 25 Feb 2018
Tue 20 Feb 2018, 8.00 PM
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 8.00 PM
Thu 22 Feb 2018, 8.00 PM
Fri 23 Feb 2018, 8.00 PM
Sat 24 Feb 2018, 2.00 PM
Sat 24 Feb 2018, 8.00 PM
Sun 25 Feb 2018, 5.00 PM
Studio Underground venue information
22 Feb – Audio Description, Tactile Tour