Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World : UK

By Javaad Alipoor

Oct 22, 2022

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Following on from our First Look Creative development with The Javaad Alipoor Company in Sydney Festival 2022, National Theatre of Parramatta is thrilled to have co-produced the world premiere of this new work in October/ November 2022 in Manchester and London.
Stay tuned for an Australian season of this exciting collaboration.

At Home, Manchester, 22 Oct – 5 November 2022.  Battersea Arts Centre, London, 9-26 November 2022

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. Financial Times

Selected as one of The Guardian’s Top Theatre Shows of 2022

In 1992 Iranian popstar and refugee Fereydoun Farrokhzad was found brutally murdered.  The case was never solved.  This new work by Javaad Alipoor explores violence, digital culture and the post-colonial world.

An investigation into this iconic murder and an investigation into the nature of investigation. In a world of murder mystery podcasts, Wikipedia and an Internet that presents everything  In the world as knowable we need to understand that some worlds never collide. Fereydoun  Farrokhzad was the Middle East’s greatest popstar of the ‘70s, think Tom Jones or Freddy Mercury. By 1981 he was a refugee: working in a German grocers. Six months before being found brutally murdered he performed to sold out audiences over two nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

An exciting new collaboration between Manchester-based The Javaad Alipoor Company, HOME and Sydney’s National Theatre of Parramatta.

Initial work in development with Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta and supported by Sydney Festival, The Australia Council and The British Council as part of the UK/AUS season 2021/2022


Creative Team

Written by Javaad Alipoor with Chris Thorpe
Co-created by Natalie Diddams and Javaad Alipoor
Dramaturg – Chris Thorpe

Directed by Javaad Alipoor
Design by Ben Brockman
Composer, Music Director and Live Musician – Me-Lee Hay
Music by Raam Emami
Projection and Video Design – Limbic Cinema
Sound Designer – Simon McCorry

Performed by Raam Emami, Javaad Alipoor, Asha Reid and Me-Lee Hay