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Stage Editorial

noughts19.jpg Why love, if losing hurts so much?

Pilot Theatre have adapted Malorie Blackman’s critically acclaimed young adult novel of first love, ‘Noughts & Crosses’, and it’s coming to Northern Stage in May.

 Malorie Blackman held the position of Children’s Laureate from 2013 to 2015 and wrote ‘Rosa’, the best of the Doctor Who scripts for Jodie Whittaker’s first series last year. Her best-known novels encompass the ‘Noughts & Crosses’ series and this adaptation of the dystopian book features an exciting young cast led by Heather Agyepong and Billy Harris, in the roles of Sephy and Callum. Told from the perspective of the two teenagers, ‘Noughts & Crosses’ is a captivating love story set in a volatile, racially segregated society and explores powerful themes of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world. A BBC adaptation of ‘Noughts & Crosses’ is due to be screened later this year but it’s unlikely to top the raw power of seeing this story unfurl live right in front of your eyes.

Noughts & Crosses, Tuesday 7-Saturday 11 May, Northern Stage, Newcastle, 7.30pm (mats. Wed & Sat 2pm – performance on Thurs 6pm). From £10. northernstage.co.uk