Crongton Knights (2019)
By Alex Wheatle
Adapted by Emteaz Hussain
Directed by Corey Campbell and Esther Richardson
Co-production with Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Theatre and York Theatre Royal.
“I don’t know why I listened to you about going on this mission! Now we’re in the middle of nowhere dot com, buses ain’t rolling, and they’re gonna beat us down, shank us, and then fling us in some big bin!”
Life isn’t easy on the Crongton Estate and for McKay and his mates it’s all about keeping their heads down but when a friend finds herself in trouble, they set out on a mission that goes further than any of them imagined.
Crongton Knights will take you on a night of madcap adventure as McKay and his friends ‘The Magnificent Six’ encounter the dangers and triumphs of a mission gone awry. In this world premiere adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s award-winning novel, the pulse of the city is alive on stage with a soundscape of beatboxing and vocals laid down by the cast and created by acclaimed musician Conrad Murray.
Crongton Knights is about the friends you’ll never forget and how lessons learned the hard way can bring you closer together.
A comprehensive teaching resource for both English and Drama around Crongton Knights, Alex’s Wheatle’s award winning novel, presented by Pilot in Spring 2020. Includes exclusive access to the webcast of Crongton Knights for use as many times as you wish over the academic year, fully resourced lesson plans for half a term teaching and other lessons focused specifically on the GCSE written exam, and for using Crongton Knights as a stimulus for the GCSE Devising Drama Component.
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Tour Dates & Venues
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
8 – 22 Feb
York Theatre Royal
25 – 29 Feb
Theatre Royal, Brighton
4 – 7 Mar
The Lowry, Salford
10 – 13 March
Derby Theatre – Cancelled due to COVID-19
17 – 21 March
Lawrence Batley Theatre – Cancelled due to COVID-19
31 Mar – 04 Apr
Theatre Peckham, London – Cancelled due to COVID-19
22 Apr – 9 May
“Crongton Knights knows how to move its audience with its earnest questioning of friendship, loss and bloodshed.” The Stage ****
“As an expression of contemporary heroism amid troubling times, the play hits exactly the right note. Schoolchildren will love it. Long live the magnificent six!” What’s On Stage ****
“Crongton Knights is a refreshing example of what theatre for older children should be….Pilot Theatre strikes again.” The Reviews Hub ****
“an authenticity and energy that matches the fighting spirits of the story’s working-class heroes” The Guardian
“There is an energy to this production which is infectious” The Yorkshire Post
“Richardson and Campbell’s lively, fast-paced production will go down a treat with young audiences.” British Theatre Guide
Cast and Creatives
Designed by Simon Kenny
Composition and Musical Direction by Conrad Murray
Sound Design by Adam McCready
Lighting Design by Richard G Jones
Young Consultant, Jeremy Muguwe