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The Believers Are But Brothers by Javaad Alipoor

This event is part of the FiRST BiTES season
  • Fri 7 Apr – Sat 8 Apr, 7:45pm

Venue: Upstairs

Please note that, regrettably, the upstairs theatre is not currently accessible for wheelchair users.

We live in a time where old orders are collapsing.  From the post colonial nation states of the Middle East, to the EU and the American election. Through it all, tech savvy and extremist groups rip through twentieth century 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.

Javaad Alipoor spent time in this online prism, exploring the blurry and complex world of extremists, spies, journalists and fantasists, and in this short scratch performance, starts to weaves together some of their stories.

This early stage excerpt of ‘The Believers are but Brothers’ is in preparation for the world premier at Transform 17 festival in Leeds.

Age range 16+.


  • Fri 7 Apr, 7:45pm
  • Sat 8 Apr, 7:45pm

Written and performed by Javaad Alipoor

Co-Directed by Javaad Alipoor and Kirsty Housley

Dramaturgy by Chris Thorpe Stage

Produced by Luke Emery

Additional information

The Believers are but Brothers is a part of Ovalhouse' FiRST BiTES series of new performance pieces, currently in development and presented as work-in-progress showings.

The Believers are but Brothers is co-commissioned by HOME, Ovalhouse, and Transform and supported using public funding from the national lottery through Arts Council England.

Originally developed as part of Transform 16.

Photographer's credit: Richard Davenport​ (photograph of Javaad Alipoor at Transform 16).

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