“Long live the magnificent six!” Critics have quickly taken up the beat for Pilot Theatre’s beatbox adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s award-winning YA novel Crongton Knights. We’ve rounded up review highlights below. Time to get booking – it’s at Belgrade Theatre this week and then on tour.
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.
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.
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).
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.
You need to see Crongton Knights. @pilot_theatre @BelgradeTheatre
Incredible show, full of life and energy. Our students loved every second. Every teacher should get looking to book their classes in now. It’s genuinely that good.
— Seb Newbold (@MrNewboldDrama) February 11, 2020
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!