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Date 14.01.2022 - 15.01.2022
Location Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, plus further performances online the following week


Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World, a new play from the award-winning Javaad Alipoor Company, is an international collaboration that explores violence, digital culture and the post-colonial world. It follows the story of Fereydoun Farrokhzad, the Iranian singer, poet, TV producer who in 1992 was found brutally murdered in Germany where he was living in exile, a case that has never been solved. This work is the culmination of a creative exchange program between artists in the UK, Australia and further afield in a co-production between The Javaad Alipoor Company and Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta. The Javaad Alipoor Company will continue to work with migrant and refugee communities in Sydney to explore the different cultures they have brought to Australia as part of an ongoing project called Pop Icons. A separate play, Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran, described by The Sunday Times as a “spectacular and yet intimate picture of the clash of wealth, faith and technology,” will appear online on 22 January

About the artist

The Javaad Alipoor Company takes stories beyond the stage through powerful multi-platform creations that explore the intersection of politics and technology. Founded in 2017, the Company works with diverse artists for diverse communities and audiences.

Javaad began by writing a trilogy of plays about how technology, resentment and fracturing identities are changing the world. The Believers Are But Brothers opened in Edinburgh and won a Fringe First before touring internationally. BBC and The Space commissioned the show for television, and it was adapted and produced by the Company.

The sequel – Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran premiered in 2019, also winning a Fringe First. The pandemic inspired the creation of a new digital version, which continues to be shown around the world.

Since March 2020, the Company has produced other digital-based projects including a podcast entitled The Colour of Our Politics, and What Is A Muslim – a pilot project exploring Muslim identity and political geography.

Creative Team

  • Produced by The Javaad Alipoor Company in partnership with The National Theatre of Parramatta