Theatre companies launch new consortium

Five theatre companies have launched a consortium to develop theatre for younger audiences.

Pilot Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Theatre, Mercury Theatre, Colchester and York Theatre Royal will commission and co-produce an original mid-scale production each year for the next three years.

Productions will which will play in all the consortium venues as well as touring nationally and the first will be the premiere of Malorie Blackman’s acclaimed novel Noughts & Crosses in an adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz, directed by Esther Richardson, Pilot Theatre’s artistic director.

The play will premiere with a two-week run at Derby Theatre from the 1-16 February 2019 and will then embark on a national tour. In Spring 2020, the consortium will follow up with the second of their four planned productions, Alex Wheatle’s Crongton Knights.

Schools workshops and outreach projects, along with free digital learning resources, will be available alongside each of the productions.

Esther Richardson said: “In the current climate, it is more important than ever that there’s a space in mainstream theatre for relevant contemporary work for young audiences. We are so thrilled and excited to be working with these excellent companies from across the country on a bold programme of new work.”


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