THE JAVAAD ALIPOOR COMPANY
The Javaad Alipoor Company takes stories beyond the stage through powerful multi-platform creations that explore the intersection of politics and technology in the contemporary world. Established in 2017, it stands on the shoulders of Northern Lines, the first company founded by Javaad Alipoor – a British-Iranian, Manchester-based and Bradford-built artist and writer – and retains its commitment to making new work with diverse artists for diverse audiences and communities.
In 2017, Javaad began writing a trilogy of plays about how technology, resentment and fracturing identities are changing the world. The Believers Are But Brothers (2017) opened in Edinburgh where it won a Fringe First Award, before transferring to London’s Bush Theatre. It has toured nationally and internationally, and in 2019 was commissioned for television by the BBC and The Space, and adapted and produced by the Company as its first screen project. The play’s sequel – Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran (2019) – premiered at the Traverse Theatre, winning a Fringe First Award. Its London transfer and subsequent national tour was postponed by Covid-19, inspiring the creation of a new digital version for online audiences. This new version was commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and Norfolk & Norwich Festival and has been shown by a wide range of national and international partners including The Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), HOME Manchester, Oxford Playhouse, Amata (Falmouth), Leicester University, Under The Radar at The Public Theater (New York), Electric Dreams Festival (London) and the Sundance Film Festival.
The Company is supported by Arts Council England’s Elevate programme and is an Associate Company of HOME, Manchester.