The Believers Are But Brothers onstage in Burnaby

One-man multimedia show delves into the dark world of online extremism and hate speech

A one-man show coming to Shadbolt Centre for the Arts is exploring the world of online extremism, anonymity and hate speech.

The Believers Are But Brothers is onstage from Wednesday, Jan. 29 to Saturday, Feb. 1 in the Studio Theatre at the Shadbolt Centre, 6450 Deer Lake Ave.

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Writer and theatre-maker Javaad Alipoor uses the multimedia show to examine the electronic maze of fantasists, meme culture, 4chan, the alt-right and ISIS, where tech-savvy and extremist groups work to rip up political certainties – from the post-colonial nation states of the Middle East, to the European Union and the American election. Amidst it all, a generation of young men find themselves burning with resentment and lured into an online world of radicalism and hate.

The Believers Are But Brothers is the 2017 Scotsman Fringe First Award winner, a 2018 Stage Award nominee and a Total Theatre Award nominee.

The Manchester-based Alipoor is resident associate director at Sheffield Theatres and an associate director of Theatre in the Mill. His work comes from discussions and workshops with communities that don’t usually engage with mainstream theatre.

The show is co-directed by Kirsty Housley.

Tickets are $36 regular, or $15 for students (18 and under), with $15 pricing for all seats for the Wednesday opening night performance. Buy through or call 604-205-3000.

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