Javaad Alipoor performs on stage with an image of Fereydoun Farrokhzad projected on screen behind him

The Javaad Alipoor Company

Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World 

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“A fascinating, knotty and elusive piece, darting about from one art form to another.” — Financial Times

In Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World, The Javaad Alipoor Company joins forces with the National Theatre of Parramatta to tell the story of Fereydoun Farrokhzad, the meteoric Iranian popstar whose life was violently ended in a still-unsolved murder.

This multimedia production is part play, part documentary, part podcast, all scored by live music in a technicolor exploration of Farrokhzad’s story. Looking at how dissidents from the Global South are still targeted in the West today and the way the tangle of information available online in a post-colonial world reveals the limits of the search engine. 


Supported by Horizon 
Written by Javaad Alipoor with Chris Thorpe 
Co-created by Javaad Alipoor and Natalie Diddams 
Dramaturgy by Chris Thorpe 
Directed by Javaad Alipoor 
Set, Costume and Lighting Design – Ben Brockman 
Composer, Music Director and Musician – Me-Lee Hay 
With music by Raam Emami 
Sound Design – Simon McCorry 
Projection and Video Design – Limbic Cinema 
Performed by Javaad Alipoor and Asha Reid with Raam Emami, together with on-stage musician Me-Lee Hay  
Specialist AV Technician – Barret Hodgson 
Company Stage Manager – Dylan Tate 
Touring Production Manager – Daniel Potter 
Production Management – The Production Family

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