The Believers Are But Brothers

Javaad Alipoor

The Believers Are But Brothers


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The Drum


Writer and theatre maker Javaad Alipoor presents his 2017 Scotsman Fringe First Award winning, 2018 Stage Award nominated, and Total Theatre Award nominated show.

An electronic maze of fantasists, meme culture, 4chan, the alt-right and ISIS.

We live in a time where old orders are collapsing: from the postcolonial nation states of the Middle East, to the EU and the American election. Through it all, tech savvy and extremist groups rip up political certainties. Amidst this, a generation of young men find themselves burning with resentment. This bold multimedia one-man show explores the smoke and mirrors world of online extremism, anonymity and hate speech, while audience members change what they see on stage with the swipe of a screen.

In order to experience this performance fully, we recommend that you download the free WhatsApp messenger application to your smartphones before the performance. We will also ask you to share your mobile phone number to use the WhatsApp messaging service – these will be collected on the night and permanently deleted immediately after the performance. During the performance, Javaad will send messages directly to your smartphone using the WhatsApp service as you take part and interact with a live chat, made up of other audience members. If you don’t have a smartphone, please don’t worry. The performance can be enjoyed without interaction and audience members can share sent messages with each other during the show.

Recommended for ages: 16+
Running time: 1hr approx.

Written and performed by Javaad Alipoor.

Co-directed by Javaad Alipoor and Kirsty Housley.

Javaad Alipoor
Both a Resident Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres, and Artistic Director of Northern Lines, Javaad Alipoor’s work comes from discussions and workshops with communities that don’t usually engage with mainstream theatre. His previous work includes Orgreave: An English Civil War, about the Miners’ Strike and the Arab Spring and My Brother’s Country – about murdered Iranian pop icon Fereydoun Farrokhzad.

Kirsty Housley
Co-director Kirsty Housley is an associate of Complicité, with whom her work includes: The Encounter (UK/International Tour – Co-Director), Seen and Not Heard (Southbank Centre), A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer (National Theatre – Dramaturg) and War and War (Pleasance). Other recent directing include: Wanted (Chris Goode and Company /Transform Festival/West Yorkshire Playhouse), Walking The Tightrope (Offstage and Theatre Uncut), All I Want (Live Theatre, Leeds Libraries and Jackson’s Lane) and Mass (Amy Mason / Bristol Old Vic / CPT). She is currently collaborating with Bryony Kimmings, Complicité, The Unicorn and the Bush Theatre. Her play Myth (written with Matt Hartley, from an original idea by Kirsty) opened at the RSC in Spring 2017.

“Complex…masterly…one of the most fascinating shows I have seen in an age”

The Financial Times

“Full of dark poetry and sheer analytical power”

The Scotsman

“Undeniably eye-catching and inventive”

Time Out

“A multimedia feast…”

The Independent

“An extraordinary, teched up show… the buzz show of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe”

The New York Times

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