Trojan Horse

LUNG in association with Leeds Playhouse By Helen Monks & Matt Woodhead
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Amnesty International Freedom of Expression and Fringe First award-winning LUNG (E15, The 56 and Chilcot) follows the real-life stories of Muslim teachers and governors who were accused of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools.

Trojan Horse was a local story that hit the national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools.

Adapted from the real-life testimonies of those at the heart of the UK Government’s inquiry, critically acclaimed theatre company LUNG investigates what really happened.

Originally developed with Leeds Playhouse, Trojan Horse is the story of a community torn apart by racial division, ‘British values’ and the culture of prevent.

All performances will have Urdu translation delivered via headsets. If you wish to reserve a headset, please contact our Box Office team at or 0131 228 1404.

This show is taking part in our £1 Tickets project.

Funded by Arts Council England and Reflective Practice.

Image: Graeme Braidwood


WINNER- Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award

WINNER - Fringe First award

'Perhaps the bravest and most astutely political of shows on up in Edinburgh this year is LUNG’s Trojan Horse. Piercing, relevant, terrifying and beautifully told' ★★★★★ What's On Stage

An unflinching, unapologetic piece that pulls no punches' ★★★★★ The Skinny

'The cast of five managed to deliver a scale of theatre that would be beyond some of the most experienced companies in the business' ★★★★★ Ed Fest Magazine

'A striking and dynamically staged verbatim piece' ★★★★ The Scotsman

'There’s no reason why difficult, challenging subjects shouldn’t make for the most thrilling theatrical experiences - and LUNG… in Trojan Horse, they excel themselves' ★★★★★ To Do List

'A boldly physical and passionate piece of documentary theatre, which looks beneath the headlines to the stories beneath' ★★★★ The Independent

'Trojan Horse is an urgent, important play that should be seen by everyone' ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

'Everything is right there, in the show. Trojan Horse will do very well. LUNG have used their popularity and their flair to create a show that actually says something true and important. It does not rest on its laurels' Exeunt Magazine

'This is a necessary and urgent play that must be seen in Birmingham, and across the UK' Fringe Review


  • DirectorMatt Woodhead
  • Lighting DesignerWill Monks
  • Sound DesignerOwen Crouch

Behind the Scenes

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