A bold new documentary play uses real-life testimonies to reveal the damage caused to Birming-ham communities by the controversial UK government inquiry of the same name.
Directed by Matt Woodhead | Written by Matt Woodhead and Helen Monks (Inside No.9, Raised By Wolves and Upstart Crow)
Main Hall, Summerhall, 3 – 26 August 2018 (not 13), 15:15 (16:25), 14+
“Loud, raucous and angry but also deceptively disciplined and focused…” ★★★★ The Guardian on E15
(Northern Stage at Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe 2016)
“Why should I continue to be tolerant? When the world has been so intolerant of me.”
Critically acclaimed theatre company, LUNG (E15, The 56 and Chilcot) peel back the layers to investi-gate the truth behind the 2014 UK government inquiry. A local story that hit the national press, Opera-tion Trojan Horse accused ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism within Birming-ham schools.
This incisive new verbatim play is adapted from over 200 hours of interviews conducted with teachers, students, parents and governors at the heart of the inquiry. As well as exploring unheard personal sto-ries behind the headlines, Trojan Horse shines a light on the suggestion of institutionalised racism within Westminster and Parliament. Trojan Horse is a story of racial division, cultural tensions and how Muslim communities in Birmingham have been demonised.
Helen Monks and Matt Woodhead said of Trojan Horse: “The impact of the Trojan Horse inquiry is being felt more now than ever. The government began their investigation into Trojan Horse four years ago. Since then the teachers and communities involved have been branded ‘radical’, ‘extremist’ and ‘jihadi’. Why have we waited four years to hear their side of the story? We cannot and we must not wait any longer.
Trojan Horse was originally developed with West Yorkshire Playhouse and is supported by Arts Council England, LUSH Fund, Evolve Sheffield and John Fernald Award.
Book now: bit.ly/2IJtS2b
Hello! I’m Will Monks, the Lighting Designer for Who Cares, and Company Lighting Designer for LUNG. We’ve been working on Who Cares over the past few weeks and months and we finally begin technical rehearsal this weekend. The first audience are seeing it on Monday – it’s a very exciting time! Read More
Hello! My name is Ellie Claughton, I am the Tour Producer for Who Cares and LUNG Theatre’s Producer. The project has just reached the end of it’s first week of rehearsals and we are waist deep in the knitty gritty of getting this project on the road and sharing it with our audiences! Read More