The Believers Are But Brothers

by Javaad Alipoor
Javaad Alipoor presents
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Writer and theatre maker Javaad Alipoor presents his 2017 Scotsman Fringe First Award winning play as part of our 2018 Season. He is Resident Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres, and an Associate Director of Theatre in the Mill. Javaad’s  work comes from discussions and workshops with communities that don’t usually engage with mainstream theatre. In The Believers Are But Brothers, Javaad explores the smoke and mirrors world of online extremism, anonymity and hate speech.

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, without the money, power and sex they think they deserve. This crisis of masculinity leads them into an online world of fantasy, violence and reality.

The Believers Are But Brothers envelops its audience in this digital realm, weaving us into the webs of resentment, violence and power networks that are eating away at the structures of the twentieth century. This bold one-man show explores the smoke and mirrors world of online extremism, anonymity and hate speech.

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 ★★★★

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"masterly... one of the most fascinating shows I have seen in an age"
Financial Times
"Full of dark poetry and sheer analytical power"
The Scotsman
"A multimedia feast of a show"
The Independent
“Boldly conceived and gut-twistingly immediate"
The Stage
Fringe First Award Winner 2017
The Scotsman

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