- Venue: Other Space
- Duration: 1 hour
- Age Guidance: 16+
- Other: Contains disturbing imagery and content
More Information on THE BELIEVERS ARE BUT BROTHERS
We live in a time where old orders are collapsing: from the postcolonial nation states of the Middle East, to the EU and the American election. Through it all, tech savvy and extremist groups rip through twentieth century political certainties.
Amidst this, a generation of young men find themselves burning with resentment; without the money, power and sex they think they deserve. This crisis of masculinity leads them into an online world of fantasy, violence and reality.
Writer and theatre maker Javaad Alipoor spent time in this digital realm, exploring the blurry and complex world of extremists, spies, journalists and fantasists. This bold one-man show weaves together their stories.
‘A very special artist, and a very strong voice’
– Madani Younis, Bush Theatre
We encourage all audiences attending this performance to bring a smartphone, charged and with data. We also encourage you to download the free WhatsApp messenger application prior to the show.
Attendants will be available to support you to download WhatsApp if needed. We’ll also ask you to share your mobile number at this point. Your numbers will be deleted immediately after the show and the makers will not retain your contact information. Some elements of the show will involve the writer/performer sending messages to your phone via Whatsapp. Some of this content is of a disturbing nature.
If you don’t have a smartphone, please don’t worry. You will still be able to engage fully with the show.
The Believers are but Brothers is presented as part of Transform 17, a festival of bold, local & international theatre
Location: STAGE@LEEDS, University of Leeds, Cromer Rd, Leeds LS2 9JS
Co-commissioned by HOME, Manchester, Ovalhouse and Transform, supported by National Theatre Studio and stage@leeds
A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.Audio Described
Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.Relaxed Performance
A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.Dementia-Friendly Performance
Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.Sing Along
Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.Post Show Discussion
Parent & Baby Performance
A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.
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- - Captioned
- - Signed
- - Audio Description
- - Relaxed Performance
- - Dementia Friendly Performance
- - Post Show Discussion
- - Sing Along
- - Parent & Baby Performance