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 Issue 222

Can you keep the secret?

Six nights. Six actors. Each night, one will perform a script they have never seen before, navigating unknown territory in real time to engage the audience in a spontaneous, transformative experience – one that will affect them in turn.

Writer Nassim Soleimanpour was forbidden to leave his native Iran after refusing to participate in military service. If he could not physically visit the places he desired, his dream was for his work to travel in his place. Premiering in 2011, his critically acclaimed play White Rabbit Red Rabbit has since been translated into over 30 different languages and performed more than 3000 times around the world.

Lauded as a “playful, enigmatic, and haunting solo show” (The New York Times), White Rabbit Red Rabbit is set to take the stage at Te Auaha from the 19th to the 23rd of June during World Refugee Week. The Wellington season, presented by The New Zealand National Refugee Youth Council in association with Aurora Nova, will be performed by a refugee background cast for the first time ever.

In order, Juan Rojas, Ali Muhammad, Kodrean Eashae, Yibeth Morales Ayala, Vira Paky, and Daniela Jimenez will take one night each, with no rehearsals and no director to guide them on their journey into White Rabbit Red Rabbit’s themes of freedom, oppression, and the power of theatre.

Unique, unpredictable, unrepeatable… unmissable. Join this intriguing adventure and become part of a global phenomenon. The only question left is, can you keep the secret?

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