(This story is sponsored by The Cultch.)
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice of the First World War, The Cultch is presenting The Ceasefire Series: an exploration of past and present warfare. Heather Redfern, executive director of the Cultch, came up with the programming as a way of engaging with the significant centenary. The result is three distinctly different shows exploring the causes, effects, and traumas of war from different lenses.
The series kicks off on Tuesday (October 30) with the Canadian premiere of The Believers Are But Brothers. Set in the present day, this bold one-man show explores the smoke and mirrors of a world of online extremism, anonymity, and hate speech.
In a time when old orders are collapsing—from postcolonial nation states of the Middle East, to the European Union, and the American election—tech-savvy and extremist groups rip up political certainties. Amid this, a generation of young men find themselves burning with resentment, without the money, power, and sex they think they deserve. With phones in hand, and interactive elements taking place through WhatsApp, audiences participate in this high-tech show about the ways male youths are recruited online.
Produced by Rohit Chokhani, artistic director of Diwali in B.C., and written, performed, and co-directed by Javaad Alipoor, this hard-hitting show broaches the problem of violence and young men in an era of fantasists, meme culture, 4chan, the alt-right, and ISIS.
“As you watch these productions I ask you to remember, and I ask you to think about what comes next if we dare to forget,” says Redfern. “I want to thank all of the inspirational artists who have brought us this work for their roles as agitators and initiators in society. Their contributions are a political force because they speak to people’s hearts and emotions.”
The Believers Are But Brothers opens on Tuesday, October 30 at 8 p.m. at the Vancity Culture Lab (1895 Venables Street), with performances until Sunday, November 4. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased now at tickets.thecultch.com or through the Cultch’s box office on 604-251-1363. See all three Ceasefire Series shows for as low as $65 with The Cultch’s Choose 3 Subscription package. Or enter to win two tickets to The Believers Are But Brothers, below.
Two tickets (valued at $70.00) to The Believers Are But Brothers* between October 30 - November 4 at 8 p.m. at the Vancity Culture Lab (1895 Venables Street)
*Valid for performances Oct 30 – Nov 4 only.
This contest has ended.
Contest Deadline: Tuesday, October 23, 3:00 am
Winner(s) will be contacted either by phone or email.