Javaad Alipoor

The Believers Are But Brothers

  • Price:
    £13 - £15
  • Age Guidance:
    16+ (please refer to "useful to know" section below)
  • Duration:
    70 mins

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 one-man show explores the smoke and mirrors world of online extremism, anonymity and hate speech.

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

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. The Believers Are But Brothers is co-directed by Kirsty Housley (The Encounter, Complicite; Myth, The RSC) and has been shortlisted for The Stage Innovation Award 2018.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Sat 6 Apr 7pm performance of this show has been cancelled

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We ask our audience to sign up to a WhatsApp group which allows them access to messages which are sent during the performance.

Although you are not obliged to join the group, you are strongly encouraged to do so, as you may miss key elements of the performance without access to this group. We actively encourage audience members to participate in the group, and ask them to keep their phones on loud rather than silencing them.

Your personal data will be deleted at the end of the show, and no record of your number will be kept.


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Age Guidance
The recommended age for this show is given as 16+ due to the performance containing some strong language and violent themes that some viewers may find distressing.

This decision has also been taken due to the use of WhatsApp within the show. As of May 2018, WhatsApp’s minimum age of use is 16 years old due to new data protection laws (it was previously 13). However, we acknowledge that young people do use WhatsApp regardless of its age restriction, especially since these regulations only came into force in May 2018. As such it is the responsibility of the adult attending the show with any young person to decide on whether or not they think the use of WhatsApp is appropriate. Although using WhatsApp will enhance their understanding of the show, it is by no means essential.

If you are an education professional or youth worker attending the show with young people, please note there is an additional resource pack available with further information to support the show.

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There is a latecomers point 15 minutes into the performance. After this, there are no latecomers allowed.

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