The gap between the rich and poor is getting bigger and bigger around the world. Social media feeds and accelerates this ever-widening divide. In the global south we see the children of elites and post-colonial dictatorships, flashing cash, dollar signs, Bollinger and infinity pool holidays while people suffer under sanctions and dictatorships.
Rich Kids is a play about entitlement and consumption, about how digital technology is complicit in social apartheid and gentrification and the human problem of what successful and brutal people do with their coddled and useless children. It’s the sequel to the award-winning, The Believers Are But Brothers, and the second part of a trilogy of plays about how digital technology, resentment and fracturing identity are changing the world.
Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran is a Javaad Alipoor and HOME co-production, which is also co-commissioned by The Bush and Theatre in the Mill.