Online Performance performed by Javaad Alipoor and Peyvand Sadeghian.
The global gap between rich and poor is growing. As the world decays, the spawn of the powerful dance like everyone is watching.
This darkly comedic, dizzying show about entitlement, consumption and digital technology invites you to use Instagram to explore what is happening in the world.
‘In this online version of Rich Kids we want to find a way to bring a genuine interaction between the digital and the theatrical, to bring out the pervasiveness of the original work, and really explore those parts of the show that speak to the feeling that our world is falling apart.’ Javaad Alipoor
You will need an internet connection, a computer/tablet and a smartphone. For a richer experience of the show, please download the Instagram app in advance and make sure you are following @shoppingmallsintehran
CONTENT TO CONSIDER:
Recommended age: 14+
Running Time: 70 minutes
Contains some flashing lights
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran was co-created by Javaad Alipoor and Kirsty Housley.
Javaad Alipoor is an artist, director, writer and activist who regularly makes work with and for communities that don’t usually engage in the arts. His Fringe First award-winning 2017 play, The Believers are But Brothers, ran at London’s Bush Theatre, toured globally and led to a 2019 commission of his first film. Rich Kids opened at the Traverse Theatre as part of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, winning a second Fringe First award.
Javaad is Artistic Director of The Javaad Alipoor Company, a resident of The Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio, a collaborator of The National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio, a member of Arts Council England’s Northern Council, and was a founding trustee of Artistic Directors of the Future. He is currently developing a variety of projects for live, digital and broadcast platforms.
Kirsty Housley is an award-winning director, writer and dramaturg. She has directed a huge range of different forms and styles from The Encounter to Tao of Glass, to Rich Kids, Believers are but Brothers, co-directed Bryony Kimmings’ I’m a Phoenix, Bitch and more. Her latest project was directing Mephisto (A Rhapsody) at the Gate Theatre.