REHEARSAL PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of the page-to-stage premiere of Crongton Knights

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Can you stick to the beat? Looks like it’s a prerequisite for the cast of the new beatbox-infused adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s award-winning 2016 Young Adults’ novel Crongton Knights. Sneak a peek inside the rehearsal room – and then get booking!

Crongton Knights, adapted by Emtaez Hussain, runs in Coventry from 8 to 22 February 2020. It then tours to York, Brighton, Salford, Derby and Huddersfield before concluding with a London season at Theatre Peckham from 22 April to 9 May.

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. Join “The Magnificent Six” as they discover how lessons learned the hard way can bring you closer together with friends you’ll never forget.

Alex Wheatle’s book Crongton Knights was the recipient of the 2016 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2017. Onstage, physical theatre combines with an innovative beatbox soundscape that brings the pulse of the city to life in this coming-of-age adventure.

Rehearsal photos

The premiere adaptation of Crongton Knights stars Olisa Odele, Marcel White, Aimee Powell, Kate Donnachie, Simi Edgebjumi-David, Khai Shaw, Zak Douglas and Nigar Yeva. It’s co-directed by Corey Campbell (Co-Artistic Director of the Belgrade Theatre for 2021 and Artistic Director of Strictly Arts) and Esther Richardson (Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre).

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Prior to a UK tour, Crongton Knights runs at Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Corporation St, Coventry CV1 1GS from 8 to 22 February 2020 with performances Mondays to Saturdays at 7pm, matinees 13 February at 1.30pm, Saturdays 15 and 22 February at 2.30pm. Tickets are priced from £8.50. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.