Down the rabbit hole

THERE's no director. No sets. No rehearsals either. The actor enters an empty stage and opens a sealed envelope containing a script they've never seen before. And then the show begins.

Actors Eliza Bell, Raoul Craemer, Kat Bhathena will test their skills to the limit in an edgy new production of 'White Rabbit Red Rabbit' at The Street Theatre.

Actors Eliza Bell, Raoul Craemer, Kat Bhathena will test their skills to the limit in an edgy new production of 'White Rabbit Red Rabbit' at The Street Theatre.

That's how White Rabbit Red Rabbit is going to play out when it opens at The Street Theatre on Wednesday, May 28. It's an edgy and spontaneous work from Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour, and Street Theatre artistic director Caroline Stacey confirmed audiences were in for a wild ride.

"It's absolutely an adventure for everybody who's in that room together on that night, because everyone is experiencing it for the first time," Ms Stacey said.

"It is a work that you have a very immediate experience being in it, and it catches you off guard constantly.

"The risk is high, and it sort of terrifies you and titillates you at the same time," she said.

There's not much more to say about a performance that has no relevant precedent, where no two shows are ever the same- although you won't have to turn your phones off. That's been done away with, along with most other theatrical conventions.

"Even the concept of turning off your phones before the show- all of that's gone. Audiences are specifically instructed to keep their phones turned on, and they will be asked to use them at one point in the work," Ms Stacey said.

If all this leaves you a little uneasy, remember, it will be much more challenging for the actor that the audience. And it's entertainment after all, Ms Stacey said.

"It's a little bit of an absurdist adventure and it's certainly at the more experimental edge of the performance spectrum, and it sort of sits on the boundary between comedy and drama," she said.

"And it is a work that you have a very immediate experience being in it.

"It catches you off guard constantly, and it's completely surprising."

* Catch White Rabbit Red Rabbit at The Street Theatre, Canberra from Wednesday, May 28 to Sunday, June 1. Tickets $25 via www.thestreet.org.au.

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop