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Opening envelope on play with a difference

Published: 8 June 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour is a playwright with a difference. His work requires no rehearsals and no preparation—just a sealed envelope and a different actor each night on hand to read a script for the very first time.

For each of the three performances at HOME, June 18–20, a different Manchester cultural figure will take the stage and read the contents of the sealed envelope in this theatrical experiment: Isaiah Hull, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Jackie Kay.

This follows Soleimanpour’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit, which has been translated into more than 25 languages and performed more than 1,000 times by names including Stephen Fry, Ken Loach and Whoopi Goldberg.