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Play Reading - 'Noughts and Crosses' by Malorie Blackman adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz
29th September from 19:30 to 22:00
In the Comfort Of Your Home

Please note change of date. 

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 is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.

Sabrina Mahfouz’s stage adaptation first toured the UK in 2019 and won the Excellence in Touring category at the UK Theatre Awards. It was commissioned and presented by Pilot Theatre in co-production with Derby Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre Colchester and York Theatre Royal.

Large Cast. 

The reading will be run using Zoom so please contact Lucy Hayton on  if you would like the URL link for the session.  
If you would like to take part and read for any of the sessions it would be helpful if you could email Lucy Hayton on  so that we can do some prior arranging of parts.
You are very welcome to just come along and listen and take part in the discussion after the read. 
In line with our EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. The story of 'Noughts and Crosses' has a diversity story at its centre and is a love story set in a society divided by racial bigotry and a world rocked by terrorism.
This reading is licenced as an amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books to ensure that artists continue to receive the royalties due to them. 


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