THINGS HIDDEN SINCE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD
Co-commissioned by HOME and The National Theatre of Parramatta
An investigation into the nature of investigation, with the unsolved murder of a pop icon at its centre…
It’s the 1970’s and Fereydoun Farrokhzad’s star is blazing bright – he’s a sex symbol and chart-topping pop singer – imagine an Iranian Tom Jones. A decade on and he’s living in political exile in Germany, though still performing to sold-out audiences in Europe.
On 7 August 1992. he’s found brutally murdered. The neighbours said his dogs had been barking for two nights.
“Alipoor and his collaborators have the skill of turning mind-stretching ideas into theatrically thrilling performance. The show gleefully mashes up genres, smashing together the quiet authority of the murder mystery podcast, the intimacy of autobiographical storytelling, and the visual spectacle of multimedia performance – while simultaneously deconstructing each of these forms. In a culture that so often seeks to simplify, this is a dazzling argument for complexity.”
“A dazzlingly complex show that unpicks the way our very thinking can be conditioned by the tools we use and by the assumptions of both those constructing them and using them.”
“A fascinating, knotty and elusive piece, darting about from one art form to another.”
**** Financial Times
“(Alipoor’s) high voltage stage presence grounds and gives immediacy to a show that is by turns explosive, bewildering and revealing…a show that is unlike anything else”
Selected as one of The Guardian’s Top Theatre Shows of 2022
Initial development and work in progress performances in Sydney in January 2022: Co-produced with the National Theatre of Parramatta and supported by The Sydney Festival, The Australia Council and the British Council, as part of the UK/Australia season 2021-22.
Written by Javaad Alipoor with Chris Thorpe
Co-created by Natalie Diddams and Javaad Alipoor
Dramaturgy by Chris Thorpe
Directed – Javaad Alipoor
Design – Ben Brockman
Composer, Music Director and Live Musician – Me-Lee Hay
Music – Raam Emami
Projection and Video Design – Limbic Cinema
Sound Designer – Simon McCorry
Performed by Raam Emami, Javaad Alipoor, Asha Reid and Me-Lee Hay