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Theatre Royal Stratford East NT Connections Company presents

Extremism by Anders Lustgarten

Friday 17 February
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In a nutshell

One of 10 brand new plays written especially for Connections by a selection of the best playwriting talent in the UK.

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Extremism is a play about fear, friendship and the creeping polarisation of our society.

The police just took Jamal away. Because Miss Tomlinson called them. Because she had to. Because of Prevent. But now Miss Tomlinson and the police are gone, and all that’s left is a shell-shocked class. Who knew Jamal? What did he do? And what is gonna happen next?

National Theatre Connections is one of the world’s largest celebrations of youth theatre. Plays are commissioned for and about young people, from some of the best contemporary playwrights, and performed all over the UK and Ireland.

What to Expect

45 minutes of a cutting edge play that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Who's Involved

Directed by Suzann McLean

Suzann has worked nationally and internationally as an actress and theatre director. She directed the UK’s first live streamed production of the Award winning French play This Child by Joel Pommerat for Pilot Theatre. Other directing credits include Catcher, Blackout, The Sisterhood, Going Local and Rebellion at the Hackney Empire.

Designed by Lily Faith Knight

Lily is a designer for stage and screen. Credits include award winning I Am Beast – Sparkle and Dark, Edward Blank and Gulliver’s Travels – Familia de la Noche, Butter Brain and Blackout - Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Theatre Royal Stratford East

Kerry Michael, Artistic Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East said: 'We’re thrilled to be hosting National Theatre Connections Festival again in 2017. Young people are at the heart of everything we do here at Stratford East so we know how creative, talented and engaging they are.'

What people are saying

‘Connections is at the heart of the National Theatre's work for young people and one of the most exciting and important projects we do. We think it's vital that young people, wherever they are in the country and whatever their future path, have a chance to get involved in theatre.’ Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'Rich Mix matters because it is a platform for creativity that supports and nurtures young talent and celebrates the value of belonging and diversity in the arts.'

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Things you should know

For ages 14+

This event is wheelchair accessible.