Pilot Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Theatre, Mercury Theatre, Colchester and York Theatre Royal have announced a new partnership to develop theatre for younger audiences. Next year, they will launch the consortium with Sabrina Mahfouz’s new adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses, directed by Esther Richardson.
The play will premiere with a two-week run at Derby Theatre from the 1st – 16th February 2019 and will then embark on a national tour.
Playwright 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.’
Pilot’s Artistic Director Esther Richardson said:
“In the current climate, it is more important than ever that there’s a space in mainstream theatre for relevant contemporary work for young audiences. We are so thrilled and excited to be working with these excellent companies from across the country on a bold programme of new work.”