Baptised by the light of their computer screens, a world of violence at their fingertips, a generation of young men are searching for identities. Javaad Alipoor’s The Believers Are But Brothers attempts to enlighten its audience on religious extremism, racism, and sexism in the modern age; ‘attempts’ being the operative word.
The Believers Are But Brothers, The Bush Theatre
An electronic maze of fantasists, meme culture, 4chan, the alt-right and ISIS
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 up 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.
The Believers Are But Brothers envelops its audience in this digital realm, weaving us into the webs of resentment, violence and power networks that are eating away at the structures of the twentieth century. This bold one-man show explores the smoke and mirrors world of online extremism, anonymity and hate speech.
It is co-directed by Kirsty Housley (The Encounter, Complicite; Myth, The RSC).
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