The Trojan Horse theatre production played a guerilla performance to teachers and governors accused in the 2014 scandal, at the venue where it is set – Park View School in Birmingham.
Originally developed with Leeds Playhouse, Amnesty International Freedom of Expression & Fringe First Award-winning production, Trojan Horse is the story of a community torn apart by racial division, ‘British values’ and the culture of Prevent.
When Trojan Horse played in Edinburgh, reviewer William Quinn stated in The Scottish Play:
“There’s a lot to unpack in Trojan Horse, and though it’s an overt effort to give voice to the accused, it never collapses into unsophisticated polemic. Whilst there is an unapologetic emphasis on the case for the defence, the characterisation makes neither saint nor sinner of anyone involved …
The first thing you’ll notice about the production itself, is slick, and well-executed choreography. To each of the five actors is assigned a school-desk (on wheels); these act as both mobile changing room, and scenery. Effortlessly, and effectively, the action moves from Council room, to classroom, whilst the actors shift between pupil, and adult personas. It’s a pleasure to behold.”
Adapted from the real-life testimonies of those at the heart of the UK Government’s inquiry, critically acclaimed theatre-company LUNG investigated what really happened in this theatre production written by LUNG, Matt Woodhead, Helen Monks and translated by Ayesha Manizir Siddiqui (all performances had an Urdu translation delivered via headsets).
The script of the production is available through Bloomsbury.
- Trojan Horse: When Facts are Contested, Who Decides the Truth? (News, 2023)
- The Trojan Horse Affair (NYT Podcast, 2022)
- The People’s Review of Prevent (Report, 2022)