Things Hidden Since The Foundation of The World

By Javaad Alipoor with Chris Thorpe

19 — 21 Jan 2024

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Co-produced by National Theatre of Parramatta and The Javaad Alipoor Company
Presented by National Theatre of Parramatta and Sydney Festival

An investigation into the nature of investigation, with the unsolved murder of a pop icon at its centre. 

It’s the 1970s 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.

Take a dive down the rabbit hole of Wikipedia and murder mystery podcasts.

Performed by Javaad Alipoor and Asha Reid with live music from Me-Lee Hay and Raam Emami (King Raam), Iranian musician and global podcast sensation.

Audience will need to connect to Sydney Opera House wifi as part of the show.

★★★★★ “Alipoor and his collaborators have the skill of turning mind-stretching ideas into theatrically thrilling performance.” – The Guardian, UK

Supported by Create NSW and British Council
Co-commissioned by HOME, Manchester and National Theatre of Parramatta

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.

Learn more about The Javaad Alipoor Company .


Co-commissioned by HOME, Manchester and National Theatre of Parramatta, Sydney

Written by Javaad Alipoor with Chris Thorpe

Co-created by Natalie Diddams and Javaad Alipoor

Dramaturg Chris Thorpe

Directed by Javaad Alipoor

Performed by Javaad Alipoor and Asha Reid with Raam Emami, together with on-stage musician Me-Lee Hay

Set, costume and lighting design by Benjamin Brockman

Composer, Music Director, Live Musician Me-Lee Hay

With music by Raam Emami

Sound design by Simon McCorry

Projection and video design by Limbic Cinema

Additional filming by Tate Creations

AUS production management by PaperJam Partners

UK Production management by The Production Family: Dom Baker and Tom Mackey

Company stage manager Dylan Tate

Sound specialist Mike Kingsley


Executive and Creative producer Joanne Kee

Company coordinator Vanessa Hyde

Project officer Leigh Russell

Associate producer Emma White


Artistic director and CEO Javaad Alipoor

Executive producer Fenella Dawnay

Communications manager Rebekka Anstem

General manager Stacey Potter

Administrator Hannah Ferrugia

Supported by British Council and Create NSW.