This is a powerful and award winning resource which tackles religious, political and racial extremism, led by a professional theatre production which provides a challenging and gripping catalyst to engage with young people and community audiences. Part of the narrative in the play explores the vulnerability of young people to violent extremism in the name of Islam and from the far right, but this is set into a broader context in a story that explores ignorance, identity, blind prejudice, class and racism. This is vital in order to avoid demonising and stereotyping any sections of the community.
The issues in the play are taken from an extensive period of research in different communities and as such the play is based in truth. In addition to this, through all stages of its development, the project was guided, supported and approved by an advisory group made up of highly skilled professionals, faith representatives, young people and parents. The play is a starting point from which to move forward.
We look at the problems head on but leave room for hope and change through the thought and debate we seek to provoke and inspire in young people and through the excellent educational resources we provide for professionals working in schools and other settings – meeting, pushing, stretching and exceeding many of the key criteria at the core of the Prevent Strategy and the DCFS Toolkit „Learning to be Safe Together‟.
Since 2007 the play has been performed over 200 times nationally to a total audience of over 30,000 people, including a performance at Parliament in March 2009. We anticipate delivering a further 200 performances through 2009-2011, some of which will be directly supported by Prevent monies through the Capacity Building Programme.
The project is now widely considered to be a leading piece of excellent national practice and its great strength is that it is designed to work in all communities and with people from all faiths and ethnic origins.