Tough Love

Target audience:-

  • Young people (year 7+)
  • Parents, carers, teachers & professionals working with young people
  • The Police & the CPS

‘Tough Love’ is our hard-hitting Applied Theatre project that raises awareness around Coercive Control and Domestic Abuse in teenage intimate relationships. The play is followed by an actor facilitated post-show talk exploring the issues raised.

It is an adaptation of AlterEgo’s highly acclaimed ‘Behind Closed Doors’ project – which was originally developed in association with The City of London Police as part of their front-line officer training in response to the HMIC ‘Everyone’s Business’ report and has featured on ITV’s ‘Tonight’ programme.

ToughLove tells the story of 15 year old Becka and her relationship with her violent and controlling boyfriend Danny. How they met, how they fell in love, how the control and violence started and how Becka eventually managed to get help.

The play has been seen by thousands of young people around the UK has proven highly effective at covering:-

  • What makes a Healthy Relationship
  • What makes an Unhealthy Relationship
  • What is Coercive Control
  • What is Domestic Abuse
  • What is Consent
  • What is Victim Blaming
  • Where to go for help and advice


Project Information

Show Title Tough Love

Author Sean McGrath

Running Time 50 minutes (including post-show talk)

Get In 1 hr

Get Out 30 mins

Cast Size 2

Performance Space 3m x 3m

Staging Ground Level – End On


This project is not in our current season.  However,  it may be possible to commission so please enquire about costs.