Two Online Premieres Announced by Traverse

The Traverse Theatre’s all year-round Festival, that takes place in the digital space that is Traverse 3, announces two shows. These Scottish online premieres come from Manchester based The Javaad Alipoor Company.

The two plays, Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran and The Believers Are But Brothers,have been Fringe First winners while having their world premieres respectively in 2019 and 2017 and have gone on to be performed across the UK and internationally. 

Traverse Theatre Executive Producer, Linda Crooks said “It’s really exciting to be working with Javaad and the team again, this time virtually taking his dynamic and visionary artistic journey through exploration of digital technology to a whole different level. We are thrilled to be sharing these innovative works, an original sell-out show from our Traverse 2019 Festival programme and one of The Javaad Alipoor Company’s 2017 hits, that explore the confrontation of audience perspective online to a global audience.”

This new online special adaptation ofRich Kids… , that’s  supported by Battersea Arts Centre and Norfolk & Norwich Festival, is Co-created by Javaad Alipoor and Kirsty Housley and looks at the growing global gap between rich and poor as it invites audiences to use Instagram to explore what is happening in the world in interactive new ways.

Writer and DirectorJavaad Alipoor said In this online version of Rich Kids we want to find a way to bring a genuine interaction between the digital and the theatrical, to bring out the pervasiveness of the original work, and really explore those parts of the show that speak to the feeling that our world is falling apart.”

Also written by Javaad Alipoor is The Believers Are But Brothers, that has been adapted by the BBC for television, tells the story through documentary, interactivity and fiction of how the likes of ISIS and the extreme right radicalise young men online. 

Tickets now on sale at with a limited number of £1 tickets available for those in receipt of any low-income benefits and under 25s

Rich Kids performances will be streamed live at 7.30pm, 29th and 30th October
Tickets £8 Age 14+

The Believers Are But Brothers performances will be streamed live at 7.30pm, 6th November            Tickets £10 Age 14+

 Irene Brown

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