Play by Nassim Soleimanpour
Presented by Metro Arts and Belloo Creative, in association with Aurora Nova

Join Metro Arts and Belloo Creative to celebrate International Women’s Day with a performance of White Rabbit Red Rabbit, a portrait exhibition and a post-show gathering.

No rehearsals, no director, a sealed script and a performer who has no idea what’s inside the envelope. White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, by Iranian author Nassim Soleimanpour, is a potent reminder of the transgressive and transformative power of theatre. For International Women’s Day, the play will be read and performed by Penny Everingham.

Celebrating all women, but especially highlighting senior women artists, this event will also feature the first stage of Belloo Creative’s womAn Artist – a series of portraits by Ellamay Fitzgerald featuring female identifying artists who have contributed long-term to the performing arts in Brisbane.

Stay after the show for a complimentary drink, in celebration of our industry.


Forbidden to leave his native Iran, Soleimanpour wrote a play which travelled 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. Since its joint premiere in 2011, the play has been translated into over 25 different languages and has been performed over 1000 times by some of the biggest names in theatre and film, including actors Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, John Hurt, Simon McBurney, Stephen Fry, Sinead Cusack, Marcus Brigstocke and Ken Loach.


“A stunning piece of theatre, thought-provoking and morally unsettling.” – Fringereview

“Nassim Soleimanpour is a fiercely – even frighteningly – original voice, and a thrillingly adept craftsman…
Go see!”
– The Skinny

“Wildly unpredictable and completely unforgettable, White Rabbit Red 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: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more.


Sun 13 Mar




50 – 90 minutes, plus post-show event in Factory Lane. 


New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End


General Admission $15 + booking fee
Ticket purchase includes one complimentary post-show drink.

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased


Recommended for audiences aged 12+

Image Credit: Ellamay Fitzgerald



Nassim Soleimanpour  Writer
Aurora Nova  Producer
Caroline Dunphy Creative Producer
Katherine Lyall-Watson  Creative Producer
Kristen Maloney  Associate Producer
Penny Everingham  Performer
Ellamay Fitzgerald  Artistic Photographer


Best New Performance 2012 Dublin Fringe Festival
Outstanding New Performance Text Award 2011 Summerworks 
The Arches Brick Award 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival 

Nassim Soleimanpour

Nassim Soleimanpour is an independent multidisciplinary theatre maker from Tehran, Iran. His plays have been translated into 20 languages. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, written to travel the world when he couldn’t, his work has been awarded the Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award and The Arches Brick Award (Edinburgh Fringe) as well as picking up nominations for a Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award.

By the time Nassim was permitted to travel for the first time in early 2013, his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit had been performed over 1000 times in 20 languages. Since then Nassim has facilitated workshops and panels in different countries including World Theatre Festival (Brisbane), Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam), SESC Vila Mariana (Sao Paulo), Schauspielhaus (Vienna), DPAC (Kuala Lampur), Theatertreffen (Berlin), British Council (London), Asia House (London) and University of Bremen (Germany). Nassim’s second play Blind Hamlet for the London based Actors Touring Company premiered at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has since toured extensively around the UK. His third play BLANK premiered in November 2015 at Dancing on the Edge Festival in Amsterdam and Utrecht followed by performances at Radar Festival in London. 2017 saw the premiere of Nassim’s latest play, the eponymously titled NASSIM which features the playwright himself on stage. Nassim now lives in Berlin with his wife Shirin and dog Echo, and tours the world with NASSIM while working on new material for the stage.

Caroline Dunphy

Caroline is a Co-Artistic Director of Belloo Creative has worked over the past 25 years as an actor, director, theatre maker and trainer/educator. She holds a repertoire of original theatre works dedicated to interdisciplinary and transcultural performance, and new Australian stories with independent and major organisations in contemporary theatre, drama, cabaret and comedy. Caroline was on the board of Queensland Theatre from 2003 to 2006, has taught at universities nationally (most recently the QUT Acting Program). Caroline worked in avant-garde theatre for 15 years both in Australia and Japan as a senior company member of Frank Theatre (Ozfrank) until 2010. Her specialised area is predominately in the Suzuki-inspired method Frank Suzuki Performance Aesthetics (FSPA) based on the theatrical discipline of the classic Suzuki Actor Training Method (SATM). Caroline has appeared on Australian and British television and acted with a range of theatre companies nationally.

Katherine Lyall-Watson

Katherine is a Co-Artistic Director of Belloo Creative. She graduated with a doctorate in Creative Writing from UQ in 2013, the same year she was shortlisted for the Patrick White Playwright’s Award for her doctoral play, Motherland. Motherland won numerous awards for its premiere season in 2013 and went on to tour nationally in 2016. Katherine is the writer of HANAKO (Brisbane Festival 2016), Rovers (Brisbane Festival 2018), House in the Dunes (Japan 2020), Phaedra* (Queensland Theatre 2020) and AKIRUNO (Tokyo Tokyo Festival 2021). In 2008, Katherine was one of three finalists for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Awards. Her work has been selected for Playwriting Australia’s National Script Workshop and read at the National Play Festival. Katherine regularly mentors younger and emerging writers and was the chair of Playlab from 2014-2019.
* Phaedra was a casualty of COVID-19 and didn’t premiere in 2020.

Kristen Maloney

Kristen Maloney is an independent director and producer based in Brisbane. She has a demonstrated history of working in Brisbane, regional Queensland and interstate to create contemporary theatre that engages current principles and processes of community-centric and participatory theatre. In addition, Kristen is an early career scholar, and her research and project interests include the relationship between emerging digital technologies (such as augmented reality, virtual reality and holograms) and live performance as well as women in digital performance.

In 2017, she graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Economics) / Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) with Distinctions and is currently completing her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Queensland University of Technology. Kristen is the Artistic Director and founder of Backyard Theatre Collective, as well as the 2015 Artistic Director of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) student theatre company Vena Cava Productions.

Penny Everingham

Penny’s extensive career (50+ years) includes many performances with Queensland Theatre Company including Antigone, Once in a Royal David’s City, Pygmalion, The Crucible, and many more. She toured with Force Majeure in The Age I’m In, and for La Boite Theatre she has appeared in The White Earth and the Queensland tour of Walking by Apple Tree Creek. Penny is also a puppeteer and was Assistant Artistic Director of the Marionette Theatre of Australia. She has also performed for Bell Shakespeare Company, QPAC, Melbourne Theatre Company, New Theatre, Tivoli, Gyre and Debacle. Penny has a wide range of film and television credits and was a member of the Board for QTC and for Metro Arts. In 2007 she was given the ABF Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a member of the MEAA.

Ellamay Fitzgerald

Ellamay is an Australian-Thai artist working professionally within the visual arts and creative industries. Her lens based practice uses photo media, video and digital art techniques to explore identity, culture and engage community. Offering a female gaze, Ellamay uses her arts practice as a platform to challenge social norms, elevate people from diverse cultural backgrounds and under-represented voices.
Ellamay graduated with a Bachelor of Photography from QCA Brisbane, 2014. She has presented works both solo and collaboratively for THE WALLS Art Space, Bleach Festival 2020, Placemakers Gold Coast, Mint Art House, Level Up Gallery, Level One Seventeen Gallery, Running Duck Theatre Company, SUNSTUDIOS Sydney and QCA Brisbane. 


White Rabbit, Red Rabbit was originally produced by Volcano Theatre in association with Necessary Angel and Wolfgang Hoffmann. Dramaturgy by Daniel Brooks and Ross Manson.


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