White Rabbit Red Rabbit

19 - 23 June 2024 (Tapere Iti, Te Auaha, 65 Dixon Street, Wellington)

‘The worldwide phenomenon that no-one’s allowed to talk about.’

The New Zealand National Refugee Youth Council, in association with Aurora Nova, presents White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour.

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

With no rehearsals, no director, a refugee background cast, and a script waiting in a sealed envelope on stage, the 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. The actor must navigate the unknown territory of the script in real time, engaging the audience in the spontaneous and transformative performance.

Forbidden to leave his native Iran, Soleimanpour wrote a play to travel 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.

White Rabbit, Red Rabbit is one of the most performed shows in the world. Despite this, an air of secrecy always surrounds the show. The performer can’t see the show or read the script before taking part, and you shouldn’t either!

White Rabbit Red Rabbit will be performed by a different refugee background actor each night.


Wednesday, 19 June, 6.30pm - Juan Rojas
Thursday 20 June, 6.30pm - Ali Muhammad
Friday 21 June, 6.30 - Kodrean Eashae
Saturday 22 June, 6:00pm - Yibeth Morales Ayala
Saturday 22 June, 8:30 pm - Vira Paky
Sunday, 23 June, 6.30pm - Daniela Jimenez


“A playful, enigmatic and haunting solo show by the Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour.” – The New York Times

“A thoughtful, playful response to oppression.” – The Guardian

“The whole experience is altogether funny and serious and surprising and you — by which I mean we — are all in it together.” — San Francisco Examiner

“A dazzling, transcendent piece of alive-and-kicking avant-garde theater.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Wildly unpredictable and completely unforgettable, White RabbitRed 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


PLEASE NOTE: This show is not suitable for children under the age of 14 and discusses sensitive and challenging subject matters, including suicide