Pilot Theatre is heading to the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield from November 1-5 with their award-winning 2019 production of Sabrina Mahfouz’s exciting adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s critically-acclaimed young adult novel of first love in a dangerous fictional dystopia – Noughts & Crosses.

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.

Told from the perspectives of two teenagers, Noughts & Crosses is a captivating love story set in a volatile, racially-segregated society and explores the powerful themes of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world. 

Noughts & Crosses first toured in 2019 as the first co-production between Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre, Colchester, and York Theatre Royal who in 2018 formed a new partnership to develop, produce and present theatre for younger audiences.

The Pilot Theatre production was seen by over 30,000 people on tour with 40% of the audience being aged under 20. It went on to win Pilot Theatre the award for excellence in Touring at the 2019 UK Theatre Awards.

Sabrina Mahfouz’s adaptation is based on Malorie Blackman’s first book in the Noughts & Crosses series for young adults, which has won the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award among other accolades.

Sabrina, a British Egyptian poet, playwright, performer and writer from South London, said: “It’s brilliant that after being paused for so long, this play will go back on stages across the country and get people of all ages talking about racism, love, the power of youth, injustice and all the issues Malorie Blackman’s story brings to the forefront of her characters’ lives.”

Tickets for Noughts & Crosses are available online from the LBT website – CLICK HERE – or by calling 01484 430528.