ECHO: Every Cold-Hearted Oxygen

Nassim Soleimanpour (Berlin/Tehran) and Omar Elerian (Milan/London)

13 – 27 Jul

The Royal Court Theatre

Prices from £23

Tickets from: £23


LIFT Festival Welcomes All: £5 tickets for an inclusive experience!

We believe everyone should have the chance to experience the joy of arts and entertainment without financial worry. That’s why we’re offering £5 tickets for those who wouldn’t otherwise attend, to ensure our events are accessible to everyone, regardless of income. At LIFT, your presence matters more than your budget.

To book £5 tickets, select Price Band 2 (£23) seats and later in the booking process enter promotion code ECHO5 to reduce the price to £5 per seat. Maximum two seats per customer.


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Approximate Run Time:

80 Minutes (no interval)


There is a post show discussion on Thursday 18 July with the creative team.

Ticket Information:
LIFT does not allow ticket exchanges or refunds.



  • Venue is wheelchair accessible. If you wish to book a wheelchair ticket, please contact the venue.
  • There will be a relaxed performance on Saturday  27 July at 1.30pm
  • Two captioned performances on Thursday 18  July at 7.30pm and Saturday  27 July at 1.30pm



An uncharted theatrical odyssey through time and space, where unrehearsed brilliance meets climate crisis innovation.

Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour (White Rabbit Red Rabbit, NASSIM) and Italian Palestinian director Omar Elerian (NASSIM, Misty, two Palestinians go dogging) push the boundaries of his signature unrehearsed cold reads to the next level.

A new performer takes to the stage at every show without having a clue of what is going to be asked of them. Unrehearsed and unprepared, the script becomes their guide as they journey through the story of the playwright, connected live from his flat in Berlin? Or is he? Can we really know where or when we are?

ECHO asks us to confront what it feels like to be an immigrant in time. Fusing technology with the oldest tricks in the book, ECHO is an experiment in concept touring for the age of climate crisis: an ambitious, magical and uncompromising production where no one travels yet everybody can be present.

Performance schedule:

13 July, 6:30pm: Fiona Shaw
15 July, 7:30pm: Benedict Wong
16 July, 7:30pm: Sheila Atim
17 July, 7pm: Adrian Lester
18 July, 7:30pm: Jeremy O. Harris
19 July, 7:30pm: Rebecca Lucy Taylor aka Self Esteem
20 July, 1:30pm: Monica Dolan
20 July, 6:30pm: Emilia Clarke
22 July, 7:30pm: Meera Syal
23 July, 7:30pm: Jodie Whittaker
24 July, 7:30pm: Mawaan Rizwan
25 July, 7:30pm: Jessica Gunning
26 July, 7:30pm: Nick Mohammed
27 July, 1:30pm: Toby Jones
27 July, 6:30pm: Kathryn Hunter


"As he heightens the audience's sense of complicity in his art, Soleimanpour makes a quietly persuasive case for theatre's special power to foster empathy."
— London Evening Standard (on NASSIM)


Writer Nassim Soleimanpour
Director Omar Elerian
Cast A new unrehearsed performer every show
Creative Technologist, Video & Production Designer Derek Richards
Lighting Designer Jackie Shemesh
Composer & Sound Designer Anna Clock
Dramaturgy Kirsty Housley, Immanuel Bartz
Script Editor Stewart Pringle
Creative Producer Immanuel Bartz
Company Stage Manager Rike Berg
Production AV Engineer Ethan Hudson
AV Technician / Operator Peter Adems
Director of Photography Katja Rivas Pinzon
Location Recordists Lotta Sahlstedt, Axel Lischke
Set Fitting Jorge Andres Rivas Pinzon

An NSP production, co-produced by LIFT (London) / The Royal Court Theatre (London), Staatstheater Mainz, Riksteatern (Sweden), Why Not Theatre (Toronto), Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles (Brussels) / Le Lieu Unique, scène nationale de Nantes, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Canberra Theatre Centre / Malthouse Theatre (Melbourne). In association with The Shed (New York City). A LIFT Concept Touring Commission. Supported by Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

ECHO is generously supported by the Maria Björnson Memorial Fund and the Goethe-Institut London.

Image Credit © NSP (Majid Kashani)

Guest performers

ECHO first look


The Royal Court Theatre