5 words: Revolutionary, Genius, Heartbreaking, Crafted, Masterpiece
Nassim is a revolutionary show, both in form and content (it is somehow a sad reflection about the state of affairs in the world today that a show which revolves around learning Farsi can be considered a revolutionary act, but there we are). The play follows the format of the writer Nassim Soleimanpour’s previous work: every day, a new actor receives the script for the first time, and performs it for the audience. The nature of Nassim’s script is the first surprise of many, in a show which we have no reservations about labelling: genius. The action revolves around the playwright’s desire for his work to be performed in his mother tongue, as it has only ever been performed outside of his native Iran. Now living in exile in Germany, he is acutely aware even his own mother may never see or hear his work. This is the challenge Nassim sets each new actor every day: to try and bridge the gaps of culture and politics through the simple act of learning a few words in someone else’s language. The present-ness of the theatrical moment is a constant. What is unfolding before our eyes is both hyper-real and cleverly mediated. The reality left us laughing, crying, gasping, filled with moments of longing, remorse, empathy and reflection; the mediation with bottomless professional respect for Nassim as a dramatic craftsman. Yet this is ultimately a play about heart and humanity. As Nassim reminds us, in a theatre where we have shared time together, we cease to be strangers: “There are no foreigners.” It is the unique and brilliant achievement of this show to prove just that.
– S. Turner & N. Barthes , two migrants.
Nassim photo by David Monteith-Hodge
Until 27th of August
11:00, 13:30, 15:45, 16:00, 18:15, 20:45 @ Traverse Theatre (Venue 15)