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Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran

Delight in a brilliantly directed play that combines compelling characters, dark comedy, and Instagram to tell the tragic tale of two of Iran’s wealthiest individuals who died in a car crash!

Why Watch Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran

Based on real-life events, Rich Kids follows the story of Hossein Rabbani-Shirazi and Parivash Akbarzadeh, two wealthy Iranians who died in a fatal car crash. The play ambitiously reverses the chronology of the events to carefully peel back the historical, social, and political forces that culminated in the collision. As sanctions continue to be imposed on Iran, the gap between the rich and the poor continues to widen. The children of the rich continue to splurge and live lavish lives disjointed from reality. By inviting audiences to use Instagram alongside the performers on stage, Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran tells a fascinating story centered around the dark side of social media.

A fabulous sequel to the award-winning The Believers Are But Brothers, this play is a masterpiece by director, writer, and actor Javaad Alipoor. Using provocative hashtags such as #richkidsoftehran and #Mallwave, Alipoor takes audiences on a journey through a tattered Iran that is suffering from the weight of international sanctions. With design by Lucy Osborne and sound by Simon McCorry, Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran is certain to be an exceptional show!

Good For

Adult Audiences | Lovers of Dystopian Themes | Fans of Javaad Alipoor


“Javaad Alipoor’s kaleidoscopic show delves below the compellingly shocking behaviour to lay bare an epoch-spanning vision of human waste” - The Guardian

“Ambitious tale told via Instagram” - The Stage

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Opening: 14 Apr 2020
End: 2 May 2020

Show Timings

Mon-Sat 7:30 PM

Leading Roles
Javaad Alipoor as Hossein Rabbani-Shirazi
Peyvand Sadeghian as Parivash Akbarzadeh

Directed, Written & Produced By
Javaad Alipoor

Design By
Lucy Osborne

Sound By
Simon McCorry

Additional Info

1hr 10mins with no interval

Since strong language is occasionally used and there are some gruesome descriptions of a car crash, the show is only suitable for viewers aged 14+

Available Facilities
Wheelchair Accessible
Theater Bar
BSL Interpreted Performance

The Battersea Arts Centre has a seating capacity of 200

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly

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Strict Cancellation Policy

Cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled

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