GW Theatre Company Present – One Extreme To The Other

by Mike Harris

This powerful and sharply relevant ‘state of the nation’ play toured in 2016 to secondary schools in Rochdale, Oldham, Altrincham and Pendle and also into the community venues and secondary schools on the Wirral with the support from Prevent. It may tour to demand in 2017 and watch out for possible mainstream theatre performances as Part of GW’s 30th year celebrations.

Ali’s got mixed up with an Islamic extremist, his former friend Tony is flirting with the racist far right, unemployment is rising, there’s been another terrorist attack in London and a far right party is organising a march through Ali’s neighbourhood. Will Tony march? Will Ali fight? Can his sister Sara make him find another way? Will journalist Jessica, who once went out with both Ali and Tony, use their joint past to get a scoop on the threatened riots, or will she put principles before her career and try to stop the threatened clash?

No difficult issues are dodged but in the end One Extreme to the Other stresses above all what unites rather than divides us, and asks the audience at the end: we have a future in common, what do we do about it?

Aimed at young people aged 14-25 and adult audiences too, One Extreme to the Other offers a powerful theatrical stimulus to debate and a comprehensive multi-media follow-up package to inform further discussion and lead in good practice. We have developed an essential educational tool for anyone seeking to tackle this complex issue.

Targeted at schools, colleges, community venues and theatres, developed with young people, teachers, local government agencies, and people on the ground as part of an urgent human requirement to help young people and their elders to understand and challenge extremism, and stress what we have in common rather than what divides us.

In an approach that combines theatrical verve and dash with passion and humour vivid and memorable plays that make demands on the company and the audience.

GW Theatre Company has proven to even the hardest sceptics that live theatre is a very powerful educational tool for engaging both young and adult audiences.