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The Believers Are But Brothers

16 - 17 May

An electronic maze of fantasists, meme culture, 4chan, the alt-right and ISIS.

By Javaad Alipoor (UK)

In a time where old orders are collapsing: from the postcolonial nation-states of the Middle East, to the EU and the American election, tech-savvy and extremist groups rip up political certainties.

This multimedia, Fringe First award-winning performance envelops its audience in the 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.

As part of the performance, we ask audiences to join a WhatsApp group chat for the show. This is optional but will enhance your experience.


  • of the most fascinating shows I have seen in an age - Financial Times
  • An extraordinary, teched up show...the buzz show of last year's Edinburgh Fringe - The New York Times

Cast & Creative Team

Co-Directors Javaad Alipoor and Kirsty Housley
Stage and Lighting Designer Ben Pacey
Sound Designer McCorry
Producer Luke Emery
Video Designer Jack Offord
Projection Designer Limbic Cinema
Assistant Director Heather Knudtsen
Associate Director and Dramaturg Natalie Diddams
Dramaturg Chris Thorpe
Production Manager Louise Gregory
Cast Javaad Alipoor


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