Have you read Noughts & Crosses? Check out the stage adaptation

If you’re a fan of Malorie Blackman’s young adult novel, Noughts and Crosses, then head to York Theatre Royal in April to watch Sabrina Mahfouz’s adaptation.

The production is an adaptation of the first book in Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses series. The novel is a captivating love story set in a volatile, racially segregated society. How can love conquer all in a divided world? Told from the perspective of two teenagers, it will be fascinating to see a show told in a fresh and unique way whilst exploring really relevant themes to today’s society. A BBC adaptation of Noughts & Crosses is also on its way, so young people will be rushing to see the stage show! 

York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre present the show in co-production with Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester – with so many influential organisations part of the fun, surely it’s bound to be brilliant? The team of organisations have formed a new partnership to develop theatre for younger audiences, so up until 2022 the consortium will commission and co-produce exciting new work for young people. Each show will play in all of the consortium’s venues – as well as touring all over the country – exciting stuff right? 

The consortium are also working on school workshops and outreach projects so young people can really make the most of the productions.

Pilot Theatre recently brought Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock to the stage, so they’re no strangers to making exceptional stage adaptations. But how will they get on with a fictional dystopia young adult novel?

The young cast of Noughts and Crosses is led by Heather Agyepong and Billy Harris playing the roles of Sephy and Callum. Heather is perhaps best known for her work as a visual artists, so it will be fascinating to see the level of creativity she brings to the role.

Malorie Blackman said: “I’m thrilled that Noughts & Crosses is being adapted for the stage by Sabrina and produced by Pilot Theatre and a talented consortium of theatre makers whose aim it is to develop theatre for younger audiences.”

Sabrina Mahfouz said: “As a young adult, Noughts & Crosses showed me the power storytelling can have in highlighting injustice in the world, so it is a complete honour to now be adapting the legendary Malorie Blackman’s words for the stage, alongside the bold vision of Pilot Theatre and partners.”

Noughts and Crosses is coming to York Theatre Royal from 2nd-6th April. Click here to book your tickets.

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