I’ve just been to see ‘white rabbit – red rabbit’ at @mercurytheatre. By virtue of the fact I have a pen and notebook I became the note taker. These are the notes I wrote – and the notes I e mailed to email@example.com as instructed. Nothing has been edited – everything is as I wrote it in the show. The sections in bold are boxed out in my notebook and are – as close as I could in real time – quotes from the play:-
I’m in white rabbit, red rabbit.
I’m the note taker. I’ve been asked to send an e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. A note in response to the scriptwriters (Nassim’s) note to us (his audience) via his (Nassim’s) actor – Roger Delves Broughton.
‘I was with you and beside you’
A note in response to his questions:
Who do you trust?
‘The past makes the future – the future is the past’.
What limits your obedience?
What limits possibilities?
‘Luck is the key to flippancy’
What type of rabbit are you – red or white?
And how would you behave in the ‘experiment’?
‘All that remains is the right to choose’
I am – as are all the audience – willing participants. Passive viewing is not possible. I’m told to stop note taking
Post script (scribbled in the foyer)
I resist the urge to drink on the way out and in so doing answer at least one question. I do as I’m told. I leave gobsmacked.
White Rabbit Red Rabbit is performed by an actor who knows nothing about the production prior to their arrival at the theatre to perform. The first time they see the script they are already in front of the audience. Written by Nassim Soleimanpour the play dissects the experience of a whole generation in a wild, utterly original play from Iran. Forbidden to travel (for not undertaking national service) he turns his isolation to his own advantage with a play that requires no director, no set and a different actor for every performance. It is quietly comic, joyously participative and frighteningly unnerving. The kind of play you want to see again and again.