Noughts & Crosses
By Malorie Blackman
Adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz
Directed by Esther Richardson
York Theatre Royal, 2 – 6 April
Following their critically acclaimed production with Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock, York-based Pilot Theatre present Sabrina Mahfouz’s exciting new adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s critically acclaimed young adult novel of first love in a dangerous fictional dystopia Noughts & Crosses.
The production, directed by Pilot Theatre’s Artistic Director Esther Richardson, comes to York Theatre Royal from 2 to 6 April.
Noughts & Crosses is the first co-production between Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre, Colchester and York Theatre Royal who have formed a new partnership to develop theatre for younger audiences. From 2019-2022 the consortium will commission and co-produce an original mid-scale production each year. Each production will play in all the consortium venues as well as touring nationally.
Schools workshops and outreach projects, along with free digital learning resources, will be available alongside each of the productions.
Told from the perspectives of the two teenagers, Noughts & Crosses is a captivating love story set in a volatile, racially segregated society and explores the powerful themes of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.
Sabrina Mahfouz’s new adaptation is based on Malorie Blackman’s first book in the Noughts & Crosses series for young adults, which has won the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award among other accolades. A BBC adaptation of Noughts & Crosses is due to be screened this year.
Noughts & Crosses’ exciting young cast is led by Heather Agyepong and Billy Harris playing the roles of Sephy and Callum.
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 about her new adaptation: “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.”