Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World

The Javaad Alipoor Company

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Time: 7:30pm

Tickets: Pay What You Can (Recommended Price £16)*

*All orders will be subject to a transaction fee of £1

Running Time: 90 mins

Age Guidance: 14+

This event takes place in person in our Council Chamber.


  • Mild Graphic Imagery

  • Light Swearing

  • Flashing Lights

All performances of ‘Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World’ are Pay What You Can.


An investigation into the nature of investigation, with the unsolved murder of a pop icon at its centre…

It’s the 1970s and Fereydoun Farrokhzad’s star is blazing bright – he’s a sex symbol and chart-topping pop singer – imagine an Iranian Tom Jones. A decade on and he’s living in political exile in Germany, though still performing to sold-out audiences in Europe. 

On 7 August 1992, he’s found brutally murdered. The neighbours said his dogs had been barking for two nights. 

‘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. 

On previous work:

“Riveting – breaks all the rules of theatre” The Times

“It’s dazzling, discombobulating and alarming” ★★★★ The Guardian

“A spectacular and yet intimate picture of the clash of wealth, faith and technology.” ★★★★ The Sunday Times


Tickets from £6. If anyone feels they need to pay under £6 please contact Box Office, on  or call 0207 223 2223

The Pay What You Can Scheme removes a financial barrier, giving everyone the chance to see our shows. This is made possible by those who are able choosing a higher price point, and for this you can be guided by the recommended price. Thank you for supporting us and the community by continuing to book with us. We look forward to seeing you soon.

From Farrokhzad to Korous Yaghmaei to Googoosh

Co-hosted by Javaad Alipoor and Raam Emami

Join us for a takeover of the Bar at BAC – hanging out in solidarity with current events in Iran. We’re setting up a sound system and inviting you to come over for an evening of tunes and conversation. You will also have an opportunity to ask your questions to Javaad and actors.


This event takes place in person in our Council Chamber. This space is on the first floor, with step-free access via a lift.

If you have booked a ticket you will receive an email from us before your performance detailing important information about your visit.


If you require the assistance of a friend or helper to attend, we can make a free ticket available for your companion. You can book access companion tickets online or contact the Box Office to book by 

To book a free access companion online:

  • log in to your account here
  • go to ‘Other preferences’ and tick ‘I require a personal assistant/companion’.
  • Choose the performance, date and seats you would like and if you add at least 2 tickets to your basket, then one of these will automatically become free.


Captioned performance: 18 November, 7.30pm

BSL Interpreted Performance: 25 November, 7.30pm. Interpreted by Sumayya El-Tayeb


  • There may be loud music or sudden loud sounds
  • There may be flashing moving lights
  • There might be moments of complete darkness

All performances will be Relaxed. We invite you to make yourself comfortable and move around if you need to and if you need to leave the performance at any point you will be allowed to return to the space when you feel ready.



Written by Javaad Alipoor and Chris Thorpe
Director: Javaad Alipoor
Performers: Javaad Alipoor and Asha Reid
Musician and performer: Raam Emami
Composer and performer: Me-Lee Hay

Dramaturg: Chris Thorpe
Co-created by Natalie Diddams

Set, Costumes and Lighting Design by Ben Brockman
Sound Design by Simon McCorry
Video Design by Limbic Cinema

Co-commissioned by HOME, Manchester and The National Theatre of Parramatta, Sydney

We believe in making our shows accessible to as many people as possible.

We offer tickets on a Pay What You Can basis for the majority of performances throughout the year. Tickets usually start at £8, and we have recommended pricing to help you to choose a price that works for you.

We know that ticket price is a huge barrier for some, and the Pay What You Can model offers people who can afford to pay the recommended price or more the chance to support others who can’t.


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