Theatre Royal Stratford East and the National Youth Theatre present
GONE TOO FAR!
Written by Bola Agbaje
Directed by Monique Touko
Newham schools: £12 per person
All other schools: £14 per person
Relaxed performance: Wednesday 29 March 2023
Bola Agbaje’s Olivier Award-winning remarkable debut GONE TOO FAR! returns to a major London stage in 2023 for the first time since becoming a GCSE set text. When two brothers from different continents go down the street to buy a pint of milk, they lift the lid on a disunited nation; a world where everyone wants to be an individual, but no one wants to stand out from the crowd, and where respect is always demanded but rarely freely given.
Agbaje’s comic and vibrant drama examining identity and heritage is the first co-production between Theatre Royal Stratford East and the National Youth Theatre. Directed with wit and energy by Monique Touko (The Clinic Almeida Theatre) who recently won Best Director at The Stage Debut Awards 2022 for Malindadzimu at the Hampstead Theatre.
Starring some of Britain’s best young talent from the illustrious NYT REP Company in its 10th anniversary season, the production follows the NYT’s collaboration with Agbaje on Bitches at the Finborough Theatre in 2016. Gone Too Far! was comissined by the Royal Court Theatre, where it premiered in 2007 in a production starring NYT Patron and alumna Zawe Ashton. It was adapted for the big screen to critical acclaim in 2013.
Content information - this play addresses topics including racism, colourism and knife crime and features strong language and drug use.
Hannah Zoé Ankrah
Tobi King Bakare
Writer Bola Agbaje
Director Monique Touko
Set & Costume Designer Madeleine Boyd
Choreographer Kloé Dean
Lighting Designer Adam King
Composer & Sound Designer Khalil Madovi
Dialect Coach Joel Trill
Voice Coach Marcia Carr
Fight Director Maisie Carter
Production Dramatherapist Wabriya King
Education Consultant/Advisor Dr Charmaine Brown
BMX Specialist Devon Low
Assistant Director Maisie Newman
Assistant Set Designer Hazel McIntosh
Assistant Costume Designer Olivia Jamieson
Production Manager Callum Finn
Company Manager Bex Snell
Stage Manager Aime Neeme
DSM (NYT member) Eliana Levi
With support from the NYT and Stratford East Teams
Supported by Arts Council England
National Youth Theatre
National Youth Theatre is a pioneering youth arts charity which has nurtured the talent of hundreds of thousands of young creative people over the past 66 years. It has an active creative network of over 14,000 young people UK-wide and regularly produces critically acclaimed work on screen, on leading stages and at iconic sites at home and abroad.
In 2022 the charity will launch its 10th anniversary NYT REP Company, an award-winning free alternative to formal training, continue its work in non-mainstream schools through its national Inclusive Practice Collective and continue to support and nurture 5,000 young creative people through its short courses and long-term employment programmes. The charity recently won the 2022 Architects Journal Retrofit Award for the major redevelopment of its Creative Production House and is a major partner on LEEDS 2023. Its alumni include some of the world’s most celebrated performers, award-winning backstage talent working globally at leading theatres, stadiums and events and cultural leaders around the world.
National Youth Theatre would like to thank the following for their support of our 2022/23 NYT REP Company: Arts Council England, The Leverhulme Trust, Spotlight and the Clothworkers’ Foundation. We would also like to thank all of NYT's Centre Stage Supporters and Investors in Talent.