Riverside Theatres presents
the believers are but brothers
Written and Performed by Javaad Alipoor
Co-Directed by Javaad Alipoor & Kirsty Housley
A bold new work exploring the world of online extremism and anonymity.
British writer and theatre maker, Javaad Alipoor, will present his award-winning one-man show The Believers Are But Brothers, at Riverside Theatres from 10th to 11th May.
Sharp, compelling and interactive, The Believers Are But Brothers blends storytelling with digital technology to explore what drives men towards online and real world extremism. Alipoor spent countless hours scouring the darkest corners of the web to find the online realm of extremists, police spies and fantasists to find out what lures young men into this world.
Set against a political stage where the old world orders are collapsing, The Believers Are But Brothers delves into the minds of a generation of young men immersed in the online world and whose actions are no longer confined to their desktops.
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Alipoor said, “I noticed that the propaganda pictures and the way online activists pushed forward the views of groups like ISIS seemed very far from the way that the media had been talking about them; their aesthetic and language was all about Game of Thrones, Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty. What drew me in was the feeling that a lot of the most ‘extreme’ political views, that we usually feel are quite far away from us, can be instantly accessed through mobile phones and laptops.”
“As someone who grew up Muslim, I wanted to refract and retell these stories in the context that I think is crucial: that of a generation of young men undergoing a crisis of masculinity and meaning, and seeking a two dimensional fantasy version of themselves to give their lives meaning.”
The Believers Are But Brothers has received critical acclaim including the 2017 Scotsman Fringe First Award and a Columbia University Digital Storytelling prize.
Supported by British Council
Stage & Lighting Design Ben Pacey
Sound Design Simon McCorry
Video Design Jack Offord
Projection Design Limbic Cinema
It is co-directed by Kirsty Housley (The Encounter, Complicite; Myth, The RSC) and has been shortlisted for The Stage Innovation Award 2018.
“Full of dark poetry and sheer analytical power” The Scotsman ★★★★
“A window into the frightening virtual world” Time Out ★★★★
Dates & Times
Friday 10 May at 7:45pm
Sat 11 May at 2:15pm and 7:45pm
Please note this production contains adult themes and content and there is a 15 minute lockout at the beginning of the show.