Things Hidden Since The Foundation of the World

The Javaad Alipoor Company co-commissioned by HOME and the National Theatre of Parramatta by Javaad Alipoor with Chris Thorpe
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Fereydoun Farrokhzad is invisible to everyone apart from, mostly, Iranians, because nobody apart from them ever has to think about him.”

1992, the Iranian pop sensation and refugee Fereydoun Farrokhzad sometimes called Iran's Tom Jones, was found brutally murdered in his home in Germany, only six months after playing to sold-out audiences at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The case was never solved.

Join two-time Scotsman Fringe First Award Winner, Javaad Alipoor, for this five-star, interactive show delving deep into the mystery. This witty, fast-paced and cutting-edge production cuts to the heart of the biggest true crime case that you have never heard of. An investigation into both an iconic murder and an investigation into the nature of the investigation itself

After the sold-out success of Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran, Javaad Alippor returns to the TravFest this time taking on Traverse 1. Part free wheeling comic lecture, part podcast and part play and accompanied by live music Things Hidden is a thrilling ride down the rabbit hole of Wikipedia and murder mystery podcasts, sorting through the tangle of information available online in a post-colonial world to reveal the limits of the search engines in solving a decades-old cold case.

Things Hidden Since The Foundation Of The World is part of the Traverse's £1 Ticket Project.

Photography: Piers Allardyce, Artwork: Dragonfly Designs

Things Hidden Since The Foundation of the World’ is part of Horizon - Performance created in England. Horizon is one of four showcase programmes of work from the four UK nations at the Edinburgh Festivals. Horizon selects exceptional, stand-out performance created in England which is ready for international distribution.

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, and has received additional support from the Scottish Government's Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund and Creative Scotland’s Recovery Fund for Cultural Organisations

★★★★“Alipoor and his collaborators have the skill of turning mind-stretching ideas into theatrically thrilling performance." - The Guardian

★★★★ 'A wild, strange, exhilarating free-form creation' - Time Out

★★★★ 'A dazzlingly complex show'- Financial Times

★★★★'A show that is unlike anything else'- The Observer

★★★★ Like nothing I’ve seen before’ – Bouquets & Brickbats

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  • DirectorJavaad Alipoor
  • MusicRaam Emami
  • Composer and Music DirectorMe-Lee Hay
  • DramaturgyChris Thorpe
  • Co-CreatorNatalie Diddams
  • Production and Video DesignLimbic Cinema
  • Set, Costume & Lighting DesignBen Brockman
  • Sound DesignSimon McCorry
  • Javaad Alipoor


  • Raam Emami


  • Asha Reid


  • Me-Lee Hay


Behind the Scenes

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