Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran is darkly comedic, urgent new play that explores the ubiquitous feeling that our societies are falling apart. It is the second part of a trilogy of plays from Javaad Alipoor about how digital technology, resentment and fracturing identities are changing the world. Combining digital theatre and a live Instagram feed, the production premiered at the Traverse Theatre in 2019, winning a Scotsman Fringe First Award. When its London transfer and subsequent national tour was postponed by the Covid-19 pandemic, co-creators Javaad Alipoor and Kirsty Housley set about devising a new digital version for online audiences which has been on virtual world tour since summer 2020 with performances at The Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival, HOME Manchester, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Chicago’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Electric Dreams Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.
The Scotsman Fringe First Winner
‘A compelling experiment… Thrillingly idea-rich, ambitious and formally adventurous.’ The Stage
‘An ambitious, sprawling show.’ The Observer