Speaking in Tongues
Jess Holly Bates
Rima Te Wiata
Okay. So there’s an actor. And they’ve just opened the envelope. They’ve begun to read and they have no idea what’s going to happen. They’ve never read this play before. They might be feeling a bit unsettled, a bit under-rehearsed. The audience might or might not clap at this point.
There’s a guy called Nassim. He lives in Iran and he’s 29 years old. And he’s forbidden to ever leave his country. By refusing to do national service, his passport was cancelled. Unable to travel, he’s turned his own isolation into an advantage. He’s written a play. And it’s navigating the world in a way that he himself cannot.
Holding hands, actor and audience stumble together into the personal and the profound, riffing on the limits of liberty and exploring where theatre can take you, with or without a passport.
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.
In association with Aurora Nova Productions.
Q THEATRE LOFT
305 Queen Street
09 309 9771
Monday and Tuesday at 7pm
Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm
Friday and Saturday at both 7pm and 9pm
Preview: Mon 1 July
Premiere: Tues 2 July
Open Dialogue: Wed 10 July
Closing: Sat 13 July
Sometimes, not many, but sometimes one encounters a piece of art - it could be a painting, a film or a photo - that, hypnotizes. It makes you pay it your whole attention, keep your eyes on it for as long as possible. Hypnotizes.
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