Aurora Nova

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

Written by Nassim Soleimanpour
Produced by Aurora Nova
Performed by Samuel West


Will you participate? Will you be manipulated? Will you listen? Will you really listen?

With no rehearsals, no director and a script waiting in a sealed envelope on stage, internationally acclaimed White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, by Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour, is an audacious theatrical experiment and a potent reminder of the transgressive and transformative power of theatre.

Actor and Director Samuel West, star of box office blockbusters Howard’s End and Notting Hill and TV hits including Mr Selfridge and Midsomer Murders, will perform the unusual solo role.

Forbidden to leave his native Iran, Soleimanpour wrote a play which travelled the world in his place. The audience joins each different performer on a journey into the unknown; stumbling upon the personal and profound, the limits of liberty and ultimately where theatre can take you. Since its joint premiere in 2011, the play has been translated into 20 different languages and has been performed over 1000 times by some of the biggest names in theatre and film, including actors Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, John Hurt, Simon McBurney, Stephen Rea, Sinead Cusack, Marcus Brigstocke and Ken Loach.

Age recommendation 12+

White Rabbit Red Rabbit is presented at Hull Truck Theatre as part of Freedom Festival -

‘Fascinating and engrossing hour of thinly veiled social commentary and an edgy, contemporary take on the theatre genre’

Broadway Baby

‘A stunning piece of theatre, thought-provoking and morally unsettling’


‘Wildly unpredictable and completely unforgettable, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is a punch in the air for self-expression; a testament to the power of words to transcend cultures and borders. You have to be there.’

New Zealand Herald