Traverse Theatre Company presents Nassim Soleimanpour Productions & Bush Theatre by Nassim Soleimanpour
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Dear performer. Did you know, in Farsi my name is written like this: ‘.RUOPNAMIELOS MISSAN si eman yM’

From Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour (White Rabbit Red Rabbit) comes another audacious experiment. No rehearsals. No preparation. Just a sealed envelope and an actor reading a script for the first time.

Touchingly autobiographical yet powerfully universal, NASSIM is a striking demonstration of how language can divide and unite us. Illuminating, poignant and playful, Soleimanpour's latest offering will feature a different performer on stage with the playwright for each show.

Winner of a Fringe First and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience, NASSIM has been performed by a host of theatre, TV and film stars including Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Tim Crouch, Juliet Stevenson, David Greig, Cush Jumbo and Tracy Letts – to name just a few.

Back at the Traverse for a strictly limited run, starring:

- Christopher Eccleston Tue 22 Aug

- Greg McHugh Wed 23 Aug

- Hannah Lavery Thu 24 Aug

- Jack Lowden Fri 25 Aug

- Rose Matafeo Sat 26 Aug

- Apphia Campbell Sun 27 Aug

NASSIM is part of the Traverse's £1 Ticket Project.

Image: Studio Doug

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council.

NASSIM was originally commissioned and produced by the Bush Theatre and received its world premiere at the Bush Theatre, London, on 25 July 2017.


★★★'An unusually vivid celebration of theatre’s liveness' -Guardian

★★★'A quietly persuasive case for theatre’s special power to foster empathy' - The Standard

★★★'Something really exciting... Emotionally charged theatrical experiment' - The Stage

If you have access requirements, please contact our Sales and Welcome Team on or 0131 228 1404 so we can arrange reserved seating for you and discuss how else we can best support your visit.


  • Writer/PerformerNassim Soleimanpour
  • DirectorOmar Elerian
  • Nassim Soleimanpour


  • Christopher Eccleston

    Guest Performer - Tue 22 Aug

  • Greg McHugh

    Guest Performer - Wed 23 Aug

  • Hannah Lavery

    Guest Performer - Thu 24 Aug

  • Jack Lowden

    Guest Performer - Fri 25 Aug

  • Rose Matafeo

    Guest Performer - Sat 26 Aug

  • Apphia Campbell

    Guest Performer - Sun 27 Aug

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