Noughts and Crosses

By Malorie Blackman, adapted by Dominic Cooke


“Love doesn’t exist, friendship doesn’t exist between a Nought and a Cross.” (Callum Act 2)

In a society divided by tribal bigotry, Crosses are the superior majority and Noughts are the underclass. As Nought separatists fight for equality and inclusion, two children from opposite sides embark on a bittersweet love story.

Sephy Hadley (a Cross) is the daughter of the Deputy Prime Minister; Callum is the son of a Nought agitator. Brought together as children when Callum’s mother worked for Sephy’s family, they remain friends and are reunited when Callum struggles to be accepted as one of the first Nought pupils in Sephy’s secondary school. In the face of prejudice and hatred the two teenagers are determined to change the attitudes of those around them. However as Callum and Sephy grow closer and their friendship turns to love they are faced with impossible choices: do they remain loyal to their families, or to each other?

Noughts and Crosses is one of the most important stories for young people to have been written in the last 20 years. With its universal themes of intolerance, persecution, loss of innocence and family conflicts, this modern take on the Romeo and Juliet story brings timeless issues into the limelight for a new generation.

Malorie Blackman’s novel exploded onto the young adult fiction market in 2001, and her Noughts and Crosses trilogy was a best seller. This brilliant adaptation covers the first book in the series and is brought to Bath by two casts from the talented members of Next Stage Youth.

Experience first hand the power of young people in this unmissable drama.

Please be aware that this play contains some scenes of an adult nature.

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Noughts and Crosses
This show was performed at The Mission Theatre, Bath in April 2013.

Review/s of Noughts and Crosses:

Review 1: Bath Chronicle

A successful book written by Malorie Blackman, Noughts and Crosses was adapted for stage by Dominic Cooke and performed by the RSC in 2007/8. It's a considerable variation on Romeo and Juliet, turning the basic Montagues and Capulets feud into a modern tale of them and us that could fit almost any conflict from Ireland to Afghanistan. Blackman's original tale was of a superior black community,…click here to read the whole review.

By Philip Horton, Bath Chronicle

Review 2: "This play is instantly accessible and relevant for a youth company"

Noughts and Crosses, the excellent novel, penned by Malorie Blackman and adapted for the stage by Dominic Cooke is a great piece of drama, full of conflict, injustice and bigotry; it is utterly relevant to our modern society, and Next Stage Youth attack the piece with all the maturity, comprehension and professionalism we have come to expect from this impressive young company. The story is a twisting…click here to read the whole review.

By Petra Schofield, Guide2Bath

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