Malorie Blackman's reinterpretation of Romeo & Juliet
8 Mar 2023
Pilot Theatre’s award-winning production of Noughts & Crosses
A dynamic and powerful production from Pilot Theatre brings Malorie Blackman’s reinterpretation of the Romeo & Juliet story to the stage. Noughts & Crosses plays at Oxford Playhouse from Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 March 2023.
Sephy and Callum sit together on a beach. They are in love. But Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought and their love is forbidden. 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 and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz, is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.
Noughts & Crosses is directed by Esther Richardson, with an ensemble cast: Effie Ansah as Sephy, James Arden as Callum, AmieBuhari, Tom Coleman, Daniel Copeland, Abiola Efunshile, Ebony Feare, Emma Keele, Nathaniel McCloskey, and Daniel Norford.
Effie Ansah who plays Sephy said during the rehearsal process: “I love that this story is at its core a Romeo and Juliet story that everyone is familiar with. But also, there are so many layers to it that are just poignant, and heartfelt, and human - the fact that these two people who love each other so much, aren’t allowed to be together. And the stakes are even higher, because of class and race, family and society, and the world that they live in.”