THE BELIEVERS ARE BUT BROTHERS
Fringe First Award – Edinburgh Festival 2019
“An extraordinary, teched up show.”
New York Times
“Complex, masterly … one of the most fascinating shows I have seen in an age.”
The Financial Times *****
Summerhall Lustrum Award for Geatest Edinburgh Festival Moments
Digital Storytelling Award
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 bloodthirsty groups like ISIS run through European drawn border lines.
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 on a journey into an online world of fantasy, violence and reality. Written and performed by Javaad and co-directed by Kirsty Housely this multi-media show weaves together their stories.
Believers opened at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2017 and has subsequently toured extensively throughout the UK and also to Sweden, Canada, Australia and the USA.
Most recently we revived the show at HOME Manchester in November 2020 for two “socially distanced” performances and two livestreams -the first in partnership with HOME, The Traverse, AMATA at Falmouth University, Oxford Playhouse and Leicester University; the second formed the focal point of an “online residency” at Virginia Tech in the USA.
The original production of Believers was supported by TRANSFORM, The Ovalhouse, HOME Manchester, Northern Stage and The National Theatre Studio and received a project grant from Arts Council England.