Production images for the stage premiere of the Pilot Theatre production of Crongton Knights

Production images released for the Pilot Theatre premiere of Emteaz Hussain adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s Crongton Knights.

To coincide with tonight’s opening night at Belgrade Theatre Coventry, production images have been released for the premiere of Pilot Theatre’s production of Emteaz Hussain’s adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s novel Crongton Knights

Crongton Knights, which will head out on a national tour at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry, is co-directed by Corey Campbell and Esther Richardson and features in its cast Kate Donnachie ; Simi Egbejumi-David;  Zack Douglas; Nigar Yeva; Olisa Odele; Aimee Powell; Khai Shaw and Marcel White.

Life isn’t easy on the Crongton Estate and for McKay and his mates it’s all about keeping their heads down but when a friend finds herself in trouble, they set out on a mission that goes further than any of them imagined.

Crongton Knights will take you on a night of madcap adventure as McKay and his friends ‘The Magnificent Six’ encounter the dangers and triumphs of a mission gone awry. In this world premiere adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s award-winning novel, the pulse of the city is alive on stage with a soundscape of beatboxing and vocals laid down by the cast and created by acclaimed musician Conrad Murray.

The production will be the second of four co-productions between Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry and York Theatre Royal who last year formed – with the Mercury Theatre Colchester – a new partnership to develop theatre for younger audiences. From 2019-2022 the consortium will commission and co-produce an original mid-scale production each year. Each production will play in all the consortium venues as well as touring nationally.  The consortium’s first production, Noughts & Crosses, was seen by over 30,000 people on tour with 40 % of the audience being aged under 20.

 Crongton Knights will premiere at Belgrade Theatre Coventry from 8-22 February  and will then tour to York Theatre Royal (25-29 February), Theatre Royal, Brighton (3-4 March) The Lowry Salford (10-14 March), Derby Theatre (17-21 March), Lawrence Batley Theatre (31 Mar-4 Apr) and Theatre Peckham (22 Apr – 9 May)

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Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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