Stage premiere of Alex Wheatle’s award winning young adult novel Crongton Knights visits Theatre Royal Brighton Wed 4th – Sat 7th March 2020
Directed by Corey Campbell (Artistic Director of Strictly Arts Theatre Company) and Pilot Theatre’s Artistic Director Esther Richardson (Noughts & Crosses and Brighton Rock),
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.
Crongton Knight’s cast will feature Kate Donnachie (Sirens, Edinburgh Fringe) as Bushkid;
Zak Douglas (National Youth Theatre),
Simi Egbejumi-David (Shit-Faced Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet, Magnificent Bastard Production and Around the World in 80 Days, Kenny Wax Family Entertainment & Simon Friend) as Festus;
Nigar Yeva (Give Me, Soho Theatre) as Saira;
Olisa Odele (Ola in Chewing Gum, E4 and PC Merrick in Scarborough, BBC) as McKay;
Aimee Powell (Freeman, Strictly Arts and Over The Too, Belgrade Theatre) as Venetia;
Khai Shaw (The Lion King, West End, Little Baby Jesus, Orange Tree Theatre ) as Jonah
Marcel White (Freeman, Strictly Arts) as Nesta.
Born in London to Jamaican parents, Alex Wheatle’s first book, Brixton Rock (1999), told the story of a 16 year old boy of mixed race, in 1980s Brixton.
Alex said about the new stage adaptation of Crongton Knights:
“I am very proud that Pilot Theatre are adapting my novel, Crongton Knights, for the stage. It’s a modern quest story where on their journey, the young diverse lead characters have to confront debt, poverty, blackmail, loss, fear, the trauma of a flight from a foreign land and the omnipresent threat of gangland violence.”
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