The Believers are but Brothers (3 stars)

This article is from 2017.

The Believers are but Brothers

credit: The Other Richard

Tech savvy show puts extremism under the microscope

Javaad Alipoor's show is a compelling look at the way modern technology disseminates information, and the way that alt-right organisations, and even terrorist groups like ISIS, can provide a sense of community for disaffected young men.

Using powerful onscreen imagery by Jack Offord and Adam Radolinski, Alipoor immediately draws the audience in with cheeky banter and a selection of cat memes (via Whatsapp), before taking them into much darker territory. After all, as he states, 'we are only ever a couple of clicks away from the darker side of the internet'.

By focusing on a young man's stream of consciousness as he languishes in a prison cell, or the fall-out from Gamergate, Alipoor suggests that anonymous online identities walk a thin line between freedom of speech and the freedom to attack others for certain ideologies.

He is a superb performer, even when the technology breaks down a couple of times. Yet, for someone who doesn't want to engage in echo chamber discussions, there is a sense that he has surrounded himself with similar world views. His monologues, while evocative, are all of a similar pace. Nonetheless, The Believers Are But Brothers is an intelligent piece which will provoke wider discussions on censorship, war and masculinity.

Northern Stage at Summerhall, until 26 Aug (not 9, 16, 23), 12.45pm, £12 (£10).

The Believers Are But Brothers

  • 3 stars

Javaad Alipoor The old world orders are collapsing: from the postcolonial nation states of the Middle East, to the EU and the American election. Through it all, tech savvy extremist groups rip through twentieth century political certainties. Amidst this, a generation of young men find themselves burning with…

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