4 - 16 Nov

TROJAN HORSE

LUNG in association with Leeds Playhouse

Written by Helen Monks and Matt Woodhead

7:30pm
Price: £10 - £20

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An energetic young cast bring a different side to the 2014 Trojan Horse Inquiry to life in this critically acclaimed play examining religion, sexuality, politics, prejudice and what we really mean by ‘British Values’. 


'Why should I continue to be tolerant? When the world has been so intolerant of me.’


The Trojan Horse Inquiry was a local story that hit the national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools. Drawing on over 200 hours of interviews with teachers, students, parents and governors, critically-acclaimed theatre company LUNG investigates the truth behind the headlines.

Originally developed with Leeds Playhouse,  this Amnesty International Freedom of Expression & Fringe First Award-winning production is the story of a community torn apart by racial division, ‘British values’ and the culture of Prevent.

Trojan Horse aims to open up a dialogue, and every performance will be followed by a post-show discussion with Professor John Holmwood, an expert witness at the Trojan Horse trials and author of ‘Countering Extremism in Birmingham Schools? The truth about the Trojan Horse Affair’ and other individuals and groups. Themes will range from Queerness and Religion, Islamophobia in the UK, The Power of the Media, and Education Policy.

LUNG’s previous productions include The 56, ChilcotE15 and Who Cares.
 

'The bravest and most astutely political of shows. Relevant, terrifying and beautifully told'
★★★★★ What's On Stage

★★★★ The Independent

★★★★  The Scotsman


This production is based on real events. It is adapted from over 200 hours of interviews conducted by LUNG as well as public documents. While it contains the representation of some identifiable public figures it is not endorsed or authorised by them.

Running Time: 75 mins
Age Recommendation: 13+

ACCESS INFO

Relaxed Performances
All performances will be Relaxed. At Battersea Arts Centre, this means that you are free to move about, make noise and come and go during the show. Latecomers will be permitted – this might be at specific points in the performance agreed with the artists. It does not mean that light and sound effects have been changed and it is worth noting that this show contains strobe effects and loud sound. For more info, visit our Access Page.

BSL Interpreted Performance
The performance on 14 November will be British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted by Jacqui Beckford. The best visibility of the interpreter are on the right hand side of the auditorium as you look at the stage, towards the front.

Sensory Adapted Performance
The 3pm performance on 16 November will be a sensory-adapted performance. This will begin with a tour of the space and an introduction to the cast and who they'll be playing. The house lights will remain on throughout the performance and the sound design will be quiet. There will also be audio description available for those that need it. Please contact Lung’s Engagement Manager if you would like to use this service. Unfortunately Urdu translation will not be available for this performance. 

 

Step-Free Access
This event takes place on the first floor of our building, which can be reached via a lift. There is step-free access to Scratch Bar and ground floor public spaces. There are accessible toilet facilities across the building.

Further Information
Detailed pre-show information can be downloaded here. Please visit our Access Page for more information.

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