Virtual Programme

The global gap between rich and poor is growing. As the world decays, the spawn of the powerful dance like everyone is watching.

This darkly comedic, dizzying show about entitlement, consumption and digital technology invites you to use Instagram to explore what is happening in the world.

Following its sell-out premiere at Traverse Festival 2019, Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran was due to open at Battersea Arts Centre in April. Created during lockdown, this online reimagining blurs the lines between live and recorded, theatrical and digital.

'In this online version of Rich Kids we want to find a way to bring a genuine interaction between the digital and the theatrical, to bring out the pervasiveness of the original work, and really explore those parts of the show that speak to the feeling that our world is falling apart.' Javaad Alipoor

Part of Battersea Arts Centre #BACGoingDigital project.
Image: Peter Dibdin


How To Watch

This show takes place on YouTube and on Instagram. It will be streamed live on 29 June, 30 June and 1 July at 7.30pm.

All performances are captioned.

For a richer experience of the show, please download the Instagram app in advance and make sure you are following @shoppingmallsintehran.

Co-created by Javaad Alipoor and Kirsty Housley
Online version commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
The original production of Rich Kids was co-produced with HOME in association with Traverse Theatre Company. It was co-commissioned by Diverse Actions, Theatre in the Mill, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Battersea Arts Centre and Bush Theatre.