Noughts & Crosses
By Malorie Blackman
Adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz
Winner of Excellence in Touring, UK Theatre Awards 2019
Finalist for Best Show for Children and Young People, UK Theatre Awards 2019
“Why love, if losing hurts so much?”
Sephy and Callum sit together on a beach. They are in love.
It is forbidden.
Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge.
As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger.
This gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.
The Lowry, Salford
Belgrade Theatre Coventry
Rose Theatre Kingston
31 Jan-11 Feb
Brighton Theatre Royal
21 Feb-25 Feb
Bath Theatre Royal
28 Feb-4 Mar
7 Mar-11 Mar
28 Mar-1 Apr
Guidance and information
Content Warning: Noughts & Crosses explores a segregated world, in which daily life presents various struggles, inequities, and challenging circumstances. As such, the show contains some themes that viewers may find upsetting to watch.
The show contains depictions of; racism and its effects on physical and mental health, alcoholism, bullying, capital punishment, violence (including domestic violence). The show contains mild sexual content and some strong language, alongside references to sexual violence and suicide.
The show contains loud noises, haze, and strobe lighting.
Duration: 2 hours 10minutes, plus an interval. Interval times will vary at each venue.
For information about BSL, captioned performances and accessibility please check the tour venue websites when they are announced.
Reviews and awards
**** The Observer
**** The Stage (2019) ”a dynamic, powerful, compelling show whatever your age.” British Theatre Guide
This pack is for students studying Drama and Performing Arts, and/or English, and can be used as a text to perform or a devising stimulus for KS3, GCSE, BTEC or A Level.
It contains comprehensive lesson plans, handouts, access to filmed scenes of the production, English learning resources, and includes the newly published playtext of the adaptation by the playwright Sabrina Mahfouz
Noughts and Crosses teaching pack £50 + VAT (including a hard copy of playtext by Sabrina Mahfouz)
All workshops are bespoke and tailored to the needs of your students, and can be scheduled pre- or post-performance at your school, college or university. To arrange a workshop, please email us directly: email@example.com
A practical drama session exploring the play, production, characters, and themes delivered by a Pilot artist. The workshop can be tailored to using Noughts & Crosses as a creative stimulus for devising, exploring Noughts & Crosses as a set-text, or examining social justice issues related to the play.
For state schools
- 2 sessions or a full day: £325 + VAT.
- 1 session (up to 2 hours): £250 + VAT
For private schools
- 2 sessions or a full day: £475 + VAT
- 1 session (up to 2 hours): £400 + VAT
Cast and Creatives
Jasmine and ensemble
Andrew Dorn and ensemble. Understudy Callum and Jude.
Ryan and ensemble
Kelanie Adams, Lola, and ensemble. Understudy for Sephy.
Dionne, Policewoman, Judge and ensemble. Understudy Minerva and Jasmine.
Meggie and ensemble
Jude and ensemble
Kamal and Ensemble (spring tour)
Novel by Malorie Blackman
Adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz
Directed by Esther Richardson
Designed by Simon Kenny
Lighting Design by Ben Cowens
Music and Sound by Arun Ghosh & Xana
Video Design by Ian William Galloway
Pilot Associate Artist – Sound Design by Adam McCready
Movement Direction by Corey Campbell
Staff Direction by Xolani Crabtree
Casting Associate – Shannon David of Elise Casting
Associate Video Design by Barbora Šenoltová
Voice Coaching by Yvonne Morley-Chisholm
Fight Direction by Kenan Ali
Intimacy Coordination by Kitty Winter
Effie Ansah as Sephy and James Arden as Callum
Amie Buhari as Jasmine
Chris Jack as Kamal Hadley
Amie Buhari, James Arden, and Nathaniel McCloskey
James Arden as Callum and Effie Ansah as Sephy
Nathaniel McCloskey as Jude
Tom Coleman as Andrew Dorn