Broadway Theatre, Catford, London SE6 4RU

27 April - 26 May 2012

Val and Renee This is a play for our time

Can loving parents save good kids?

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This is a story about the impact of police Stop and Search powers; of the tense drama young people must play out in the public space. It's all over the news but how does it feel to be right in the thick of it?

Two happy families are thrown together by celebration and disaster. Parents... black parents, white parents... want to see their children thrive, grow up and live the good life. Tonight Dianne and Ivan discover how little they understand of son Callie's journey into the adult world. Ann and Mick must also learn that their hard work and public service are not enough to protect their family.


With the voice talents of

Bill Nighy and Siân Phillips

Schools and student groups

Free ticket for teachers with every 10 students on group bookings. Discounted £8 per student ticket price.

Free education packs with lesson plans will be sent to teachers attending the play, thoroughly linked to the play and Key Stages 3 & 4 curriculum. These packs have been developed by an experienced teacher and a senior lecturer at the London School of Economics to support the play and are aimed at those working with young people in various forums. Packs have been designed around the Citizenship Programme Key Stages 3 and 4, with additional packs intended for use in youth work settings and colleges.

Find out more about the education packs

Latest updates on Facebook


The Guardian - Met police put pressure on author over play about stop and search tactics

East London Lines - A Generation of Children Damaged by Stop and Search

Southwark News - "The drama of stop and search"

The Huffington Post - "The drama of stop and search, from the street to the stage"

BBC London 94.9 - interview with Renée Castle and Mike Shiner (available on BBC iPlayer until Sunday 29 April)

Opening night reactions

Watch audience reactions on YouTube

Broadway Theatre box office:
020 8690 0002

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Broadway Theatre
London SE6 4RU


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Thanks to the generous support of the Open Society Foundations.

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