Northern Lines is a theatre company that works with digital technology, deprived communities and artists who are under-represented in theatre to make high quality contemporary work, to illuminate and provoke.

We make work touring small scale work, and large scale work for non theatre venues, that dives into the marginalised and silenced heritages of our country, cannibalizing the post-colonial heritages of our communities to imagine a new future, artistically, socially, politically and technologically.

We put artistic and professional training at the heart of our work, seeing every piece of work as an opportunity to enrich, diversify and develop the work force of the creative industries.

Our Team


Javaad Alippor

Javaad Alipoor (@javaadalipoor) is a writer and director, and the founder of Northern Lines. After working as a community artists and youth worker in Bradford, he became Creative Projects Manager at Royal & Derngate Northampton, in 2012. In 2013 he came back to Bradford to set up Northern Lines. Javaad’s practice crosses small and large scale. As well as serving as Northern Lines Artistic Director, Javaad is currently Associate Director at Theatre in the Mill, where Northern Lines is an associate company. He also performs as a spoken word artist, and writes on politics, art and theory at his blog (www.attheinlandsea.wordpress.com) and in publications like Critical Muslim. His recent work includes My Brother’s Country and The Rising of the Moon written for Northern Lines, and as a director James Graham’s Bassett with Sheffield People’s Theatre.