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Trojan Horse - BAC and on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a hugely successful run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018, LUNG’s bold verbatim drama, Trojan Horse, is set to return for a national tour, marking the first time the show has visited communities directly affected by the controversial 2014 UK government inquiry into alleged extremism in Birmingham schools.

Drawing on over 200 hours of interviews conducted with teachers, students, parents and governors, Helen Monks ( and Upstart Crow) and award-winning playwright and director Matt Woodhead uncover the truth behind the local story which made national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools.

With conversations around religion and education continuing to dominate headlines, Trojan Horse is the strikingly pertinent story of a community torn apart by racial division, ‘British values’ and the culture of Prevent.

Originally developed with Leeds Playhouse, the multi award-winning drama (Scotsman Fringe First, Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award) examines the media storm which saw Birmingham schools facing high levels of press scrutiny.

Helen Monks and Matt Woodhead said: “We want this play to be opening up a conversation. When we first started researching Trojan Horse we thought we were going to be writing about something historic – an event that had happened in the past. But it soon became clear that the trauma Trojan Horse caused has not left the city of Birmingham. So much is still left unresolved for the people it most affected. The play tells the story of what happened from multiple angles, using the real voices of the people involved, with the aim of giving the teachers and governors in Alum Rock the fair trial they never had.”

Trojan Horse has lighting design by Will Monks and sound design by Owen Crouch, Casting has not yet been announced.

Trojan Horse is suitable for ages 14+.

Running Time: 80 minutes.

The tour will visit Leeds Playhouse (October 3-5, 2019), Salford, Newcastle upon Tyne, Halifax, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Doncaster, Hull, Lancaster, Norwich, Mold, Bradford, Battersea Arts Centre (November 4-16) and Midlands Arts Centre.