Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran

By Javaad Alipoor

22 — 23 Jan 2022

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The Javaad Alipoor Company presented by
Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta in association with Sydney Festival
Written By Javaad Alipoor
Co-created By Javaad Alipoor and Kirsty Housley

The global gap between rich and poor has never been greater. As the world decays, the spawn of the powerful dance like everyone is watching.

Winner of the 2019 Scotsman Fringe First Award, Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran is a darkly comedic, urgent new play about entitlement, consumption and digital technology, that explores the ubiquitous feeling that our societies are falling apart.

Combining digital theatre and a live Instagram feed, it is the sequel to the award-winning The Believers Are But Brothers, and the second part of a trilogy of plays from Javaad Alipoor about how digital technology, resentment and fracturing identities are changing the world.

Saturday 22 January 2022 at 8pm (+ postshow Q&A with Javaad)

Saturday 22 January 2022 at 2pm
Saturday 22 January 2022 at 8pm
Sunday 23 January 2022 at 5pm

This online version of Rich Kids is presented on YouTube and also, simultaneously on Instagram. You can follow the show by watching on your main screen.  Extra interactivity is facilitated by having Instagram on your smartphone where you can view a pictorial feed and sections on Instagram Live.

You will need an internet connection, a computer/tablet and a smartphone.
For a richer experience of the show, please download the Instagram app in advance and ensure you are following @shoppingmallsintehran

Event Format
There are two ways to experience Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran.
1. In audience communal screening followed by a live Q&A – This will take place in person at Riverside Theatres.
2. Digital online performance
 – This will be livestreamed via Riverside Digital. A link to the livestream will be sent via email prior to the event.
Please check the schedule closely and use the correct booking button for the type of performance you are wishing to attend.






Supported by the UK/Australia Season Patrons Board, the British Council and the Australian Government as part of the UK/Australia Season.




Co-created by Javaad Alipoor and Kirsty Housley
Performers – Javaad Alipoor and Peyvand Sadeghian
Video Designers – Thom Buttery and Tom Newell for Limbic Cinema
Sound Designer – Simon McCorry
Lighting Designer – Jess Bernberg
Production Management – Dom Baker for The Production Family

Additional Creative Team members on the Original Production:
Designer – Lucy Osbourne
Creative Collaborator – Yael Shavit
Dramaturg – Chris Thorpe
Assistant Director – Kayleigh Hawkins
Intern – Isabel Olson