“Tapestry is a layered, nuanced and highly effective programme that provides a safe space for young people to debate difficult and controversial issues that are highly relevant to today’s world”
Professor Joe Winston, University of Warwick
Tapestry is a dynamic participatory theatre-in-education tour for 13-18 year olds which explores the implications and consequences of extremist thinking and action. Tapestry provides a unique stimulus for young people, teachers and youth leaders to begin to explore this sensitive and complex issue in a supportive environment.
Tapestry was originally designed and developed in partnership with West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council as part of the Prevent programme in 2009. It addresses both right wing, racist extremism as well as Al Qaida/Islamic State inspired ideology.
Over the last five years we have toured the piece several times, delivering hundreds of sessions in schools, colleges & Pupil Referral Units (PRU’s) across Birmingham, Sandwell, Coventry, Nuneaton, Telford and Wolverhampton. It has proved to be very effective in raising awareness of the methods used by extremists to radicalise young people, as well as providing tools for participants to challenge it in a real situation.