The Believers Are But Brothers

Bush Theatre

The Believers Are But Brothers

24 Jan 2018 - 10 Feb 2018

£10.00 - £20.00

Pro reviewers rating
9 reviews

3.8 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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.

One-man show enveloping 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 to explore the smoke and mirrors world of online extremism, anonymity and hate speech.

2017 Scotsman Fringe First Award-winner.

(Some reviews from Edinburgh)


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“Intricate piece... phenomenally complex... One of the most fascinating shows I have seen in an age.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“A boldly staged, gut-twistingly resonant lecture on internet radicalisation... Accessible, hugely informative stuff.”

Fergus Morgan (The Stage, What's On Stage)

“Some exceptionally worrying things explored... Fascinating, eye-opening and very unsettling... Queasy.... insightful, chilling. ”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

“Ambitious but cohesive... There’s a matter-of-fact humour to much of what Alipoor tells us, but also a cold horror.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Alipoor: a charismatic northern swagger... Always to returns to masculinity, politics and the internet.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“So bursting with ideas that it’s easy to forgive a slight unwieldiness... Darkly amusing details... Eye-opening, inventive.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Fascinating... Some of his narrative... is too hazy... The argument, though, is bone-shakingly clear... Scary stuff.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Alipoor's delivery is charming... An interesting and bold experiment... I'm not sure it fully pays off... Overwhelming.”

Alistair Wilkinson (Broadway World)

“Alipoor: a beguiling mix of sincerity and pointed intelligence... Dark and resonant prose that is both gothic and poetic.”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

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