Using the power of theatre as an antisocial behaviour intervention in education

Müllered is Arc's brand new theatre piece examining the causes, actions and consequences of victimisation and antisocial behaviour. Challenging, funny, and with an unusual historical twist, it tells the story of Louis, a 16-year-old boy who tries to escape a rival gang on a London train, but ends up in a coma fighting for his life. Was Louis simply a victim, or did his past actions help to secure his fate? And how is he influenced by Thomas Briggs – the first person to be murdered on the railway in 1864…

Originally directed by Carole Pluckrose, Müllered is Arc's latest piece commissioned by BTP in late 2012 following Pact and Girl E – part of The Blade Trilogy by Clifford Oliver. The performance programme does not attempt to answer questions, but rather invites its young audience into a shared experience, which presents a complex set of decisions.

“The play Müllered provides a fantastic vehicle to educate and communicate with young people. Müllered explores viewpoints and perceptions of crime and antisocial behaviour both on the railway and in local communities. The play addresses crime at all levels and acts as a warning as to how crime can escalate if not addressed at an early stage of offending.”
Assistant Chief Constable Alan Pacey – Territorial Policing and Crime, BTP


Available to schools, youth and community venues, the programme uses the focus of the railways to examine antisocial behaviour, which often begins as low-level aggressive, intimidating or destructive activity. However, as in the case of 15-year-old London schoolboy Sofyen Belamouadden who was brutally killed at a station in 2010, it can very quickly escalate into tragedy. Müllered acts as a dynamic educational tool to stimulate complex debates around the subject of youth violence, tackling low-level peer-pressure and bullying, through to gangs and violent crime.

Promoting pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

With a compelling and often humorous performance, a specially structured, facilitated conversation workshop, and Teachers' Resource notes compiled by writer Clifford Oliver, Müllered can effectively be used in schemes of work across all National Curriculum subjects to provide opportunities to promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.  In line with the DfE statutory and non-statutory guidelines, the programme's objectives include helping pupils to:

  • acquire an understanding of the difference between right and wrong and of moral conflict
  • reflect on the consequences of their actions
  • acquire an understanding of the responsibilities and rights of being members of families and communities
  • develop personal, social and health education and citizenship

Booking information

National Curriculum use : Across all subjects to provide opportunities to promote pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Target audience: Ideally suited to Years 7 to 10

Programme length: The play with follow-up facilitated conversation lasts 60-90 minutes

Audience size: Each performance programme is suitable for audiences of up to 150

Follow-up work: Müllered is accompanied by Teachers' Resources by Clifford Oliver

Fee: Müllered is normally available to individual schools for an exclusive fee of £950 plus VAT per performance programme, and to Community Safety Partnerships, Local Authorities and Criminal Justice Agencies and partners for block bookings: download Müllered Briefing Document (PDF, 537k).

For more information about this and other Arc projects, email Theresa Snooks or Nita Bocking.


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British Transport Police

For information for Community Safety Partnerships, Local Authorities, Criminal Justice Agencies and partners, download Müllered Briefing Document (PDF, 537k)

To talk about how Arc can work with your young people, call Nita Bocking on 020 8594 1095 or email