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Full cast announced for Noughts and Crosses

Posted on 19 November 2018

Following the announcement of Heather Agyepong and Billy Harris as leads Sephy and Callum in our forthcoming co-production of Noughts and Crosses, we’re now thrilled to reveal the full cast for the show.

Presented by the Belgrade Theatre together with Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre, Mercury Theatre Colchester and York Theatre Royal, this new adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s much-loved YA novel is the first production to emerge from a new consortium project, established to create work for younger audiences.

Adapted for the stage by Sabrina Mahfouz, Noughts and Crosses is set in a volatile, racially segregated dystopia, where two teenagers in love kick back against a society that would keep them divided.

As previously announced, Noughts & Crosses’ exciting cast will be led by Billy Harris and Heather Agyepong. Heather Agyepong’s theatre credits include Girls (Talawa Theatre, High Tide & Martha Rose Wilson Productions); So Many Reasons (Fuel Theatre & Ovalhouse Theatre) and Sankara (Next Up Talent; National Theatre Studio). Heather is also an acclaimed visual artist, actor and maker. Earlier this year she was nominated for the 2018 South Bank Sky Arts Breakthrough Award. Billy Harris’ theatre credits include Boots On The Ground (Tangled Feet) and 13 (Tobacco Factory Theatre).

Joining the cast as Sephy’s sister Minerva will be Coventry local Kimisha Lewis, who recently appeared in the sell-out Edinburgh Fringe run and UK tour of the critically acclaimed drama Freeman, created by Belgrade Springboard Company Strictly Arts. An alumnus of the Belgrade Youth Theatre, Kimisha has performed at the Belgrade several times, including in Open Theatre Company’s and Birmingham Hippodrome’s The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel, and this Christmas, she will appear in our alternative Christmas pantomime, Over The Top. Other credits include Last Dream (on earth) for the National Theatre of Scotland and Send: A game of textual tennis for the Lyric Hammersmith.

Noughts and Crosses cast

Also local to Coventry is Doreene Blackstock, who takes on the role of Sephy’s and Minerva’s mother, Jasmine. Doreene’s impressive list of theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe and Cymbeline and Hamlet for the RSC.

Other casting includes Jack Condon ( East, King’s Head Theatre and Last Man Standing, Theatre N16), as Callum’s older brother, Jude; Daniel Copeland ( Invincible, Orange Tree Theatre and The Jungle Book, Leeds Playhouse) as their father, Ryan and Lisa Howard ( They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay, Northern Broadsides and Flood, Slung Low and Hull City of Culture 2017) as their mother, Meggie. Chris Jack ( Brighton Rock, Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal and Our Town, Royal Exchange Manchester) completes the cast as Sephy’s father, Kamal. All actors will also play ensemble roles.

Directed by Pilot Theatre’s Artistic Director Esther Richardson ( Brighton Rock ) and designed by Simon Kenny ( Sweeney Todd, Barrow Street Theatre and off-Broadway; Holes, Nottingham Playhouse and Black Men Walking, Eclipse/Royal Exchange Manchester), Noughts & Crosses will be the first co-production between Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre, the Belgrade Theatre, Mercury Theatre Colchester and York Theatre Royal. Between 2019-2022, The companies will commission and co-produce an original mid-scale production each year, which will play in all the consortium venues as well as touring nationally.

Noughts and Crosses comes to the Belgrade Theatre 26-30 March 2019. Tickets are available to book now.