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Chads Theatre Youth Studio

Chads Youth Theatre are proud to present Dominic Cooke’s adaptation of the acclaimed novel ‘Noughts and Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman.

Calum is a Nought – a second class citizen in a world run by Crosses. Sephy is a Cross – daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country. Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix, but Calum and Sephy are determined to try.

Originally performed by the RSC, and based on a bestselling young adult novel, the story explores a dystopian world in which racial and class segregation are rife. With echoes of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and parallels of our increasingly fragmented society, this is a challenging and relevant piece which the Youth Theatre is thrilled to explore.

The Youth Theatre

Chads Youth Theatre is always trying to push the boundaries of our work as we are very fortunate to have such an impressive pool of talent. Noughts and Crosses offers much more adult themes than we have dealt with in the past and this was a challenge we were confident in presenting to the cast. As expected, they have risen admirably to the task and have still managed to surprise us with their mature attitudes, work ethic and commitment to the piece.

The Play

Noughts and Crosses started life as a novel by Malorie Blackman. Blackman is a British writer who holds the position of Children’s Laureate from 2013 to 2015. She primarily writes literature and television drama for children and young adults. The novel saw great success and is very popular with its generation. The story was later adapted and directed by Dominic Cooke and performed at the Civic Hall in Stratford-upon-Avon in winter 2007/8. Of the piece, Dominic Cooke remarked that the world of Noughts & Crosses echoes many different settings: “There’s the America of the 1950s, South Africa under apartheid, and in the handling of the Liberation Militia, the IRA of the 1970s and Eighties. It’s remarkable how the story also speaks to people who have been divided on other than racial grounds.”

Booking has now opened; call today on 0161 428 8712 to see this powerful piece performed by exceptional talent in the Youth Studio.

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