Pilot Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Theatre, Mercury Theatre, Colchester and York Theatre Royal are delighted to announce a new partnership to develop theatre for younger audiences. The companies will commission and co-produce an original mid-scale production each year from 2019-2022, which will play in all the consortium venues as well as touring nationally.
Next year the theatre companies will launch the consortium with the premiere of Sabrina Mahfouz’s new adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s acclaimed novel Noughts & Crosses. The production will be directed by Esther Richardson, Pilot Theatre’s Artistic Director.
Told from the perspectives of teenagers, Noughts & Crosses is a captivating love story set in a volatile, racially segregated society teetering on a knife edge. The play will premiere with a two-week run at Derby Theatre from the 1-16 February 2019 and will then embark on a national tour.
In Spring 2020 the consortium will follow up Noughts & Crosses with the second of their four planned productions, Alex Wheatle’s Crongton Knights.
Schools workshops and outreach projects, along with free digital learning resources, will be available alongside each of the productions.