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) used a live WhatsApp group and theatre to explore masculinity, violence and the internet. The play’s sequel – Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran (2019) – used an Instagram feed and live show to explore the growing gap between the rich and the poor, climate change and the way we imagine ourselves.

In 2020 the Company delivered two digital projects: What Is A Muslim, a collaboration with graphic artist and calligrapher Razwan Ul-Haq, exploring contemporary Muslim identity, and The Colour of Our Politics, created with actor and broadcaster Tanya Vital, a podcast series about how the UK has been shaped by a rich history of anti-racist activism and resistance.

In 2021 Javaad collaborated with Chris Thorpe to create Made of Mannheim, a new tri-lingual theatre production inspired by Schiller’s Jungfrau von Orleans exploring identity, religion and linguistic diversity. The full show was produced with and presented by National theater Mannheim and Theaterhaus G7. We also began the development of Pop Icons, a musical heritage project celebrating culture and music with migrant communities across England.

In January 2022 we presented a “first draft” production of the third part of our trilogy of plays, Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World, in residency at The Sydney Festival.

We have big plans for all of these live projects

The Company is supported by Arts Council England’s Elevate programme and is an Associate Company of HOME, Manchester. 

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