Riverside's National Theatre of Parramatta Brings International Collaboration to the Sydney Opera House

Published by: Sydney Festival | 27-Nov-2023
Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta (NTofP) is delighted to present an exciting artistic collaboration with international artists from renowned UK based theatre makers, The Javaad Alipoor Company with Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World, an ultramodern multi-media theatre piece, as part of the 2024 Sydney Festival at the Sydney Opera House from 19th to 21st January 2024.
Venue: Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Address: Bennelong Point Sydney NSW 2000
Date: 19th – 21st January 2024
Time: Fri 19th Jan 08:30pm | Sat 20th Jan 03:30pm | Sat 20th Jan 08:30pm | Sun 21st Jan 01:00pm | Sun 21st Jan 06:00pm |
Ticket: Premium Full Price $89 | A Reserve Full Price $79 | A Reserve Concession $71 | B Reserve Full Price $59 | B Reserve Concession $53 | A+B Reserve Under 30 $39
Web: https://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/events/things-hidden-since-the-foundation-of-the-world#fulldetails
EMail: ticketing@sydneyfestival.org.au
Call: 02 8248 6500
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Co-written by Javaad Alipoor and Chris Thorpe, Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World is an investigation into the nature of investigation, with the unsolved murder of a pop icon at its centre.

It’s the 1970s and Fereydoun Farrokhzad’s star is blazing bright – he’s the sex symbol and chart-topping pop singer – imagine an Iranian Tom Jones. A decade on and he’s living in political exile in Germany, though still performing to sold-out audiences in Europe. On 7th August 1992, he’s found brutally murdered. The neighbours said his dogs had been barking for two nights…

Co-writer, director and performer Javaad Alipoor said, “When I started researching the story of Fereydoun Farrokhzad, I came to realise that his murder is the beginning of a series of events that still haunt us today. As the relationship between the Global North and the Global South has shifted, so too has the old sense of the West as a safe place where dissidents can escape to. Put simply, you might leave the dictatorship, but the dictatorship won’t leave you. Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World is the final part of a trilogy of plays that I began writing in 2017. I knew I wanted this last part to stand alone whilst speaking to the relationship between politics and technology, history and the present that has been the thread connecting all three plays. Retelling and trying to understand how to retell this story has helped me find a way to do that and to really confront what it means to think of the world as something like the internet, research as a kind of deep dive and tracing the way the ‘democratisation’ of the thirst for knowledge reproduces older networks of power.”

Added into this story is the real-life experience of contemporary musician and podcaster King Raam, who’s music and personal narrative are woven into this riveting work. His music and podcast have provided hope and inspiration for many Iranians. 

Performed by Javaad Alipoor and Asha Reid with Raam Emami (King Raam), together with on-stage musician Me-Lee Hay, this dazzlingly complex show unpicks the way our thinking can be conditioned by the tools we use and by the assumptions of both those constructing them and using them.

“…a theatrical revelation” – ★★★★★ The Guardian

“…a wild, strange, exhilarating free-form creation that touches on the nature of reality itself” – ★★★★ Time Out London

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