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.

Educational Resources

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.


Purchase webcast & resource pack for just £20

KS3 Eng and Drama resource pack sample PDF

GCSE drama resource pack sample PDF

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

  • Aimee Powell


  • Dale Mathurin


  • Kate Donnachie


  • Khai Shaw


  • Marcel White


  • Nigar Yeva


  • Olisa Odele


  • Simi Egbejumi-David


  • Zak Douglas


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