Noughts & Crosses – great theater at the Theater Royal Bath

A powerful new production of Noughts & Crosses has arrived at Theater Royal Bath and this tale of a forbidden love affair in a dangerous dystopia creates a compelling night of theater.

Based on the story by Malorie Blackman, the play tells the story of two young people who are caught up in a story of love and respect for each other against the backdrop of a society that strictly separates its citizens based on their skin color.

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Noughts & Crosses - Effie Ansah as Sephy and James Arden as Callum - Photo by Robert Day - (2)
Photos by Robert Day

With strong performances from the entire cast, Noughts & Crosses is a challenging play well worth seeking out.

About Noughts & Crosses, Theater Royal Bath

The story plays out from the perspectives of two teenagers, who begin their lives already caught in a forbidden friendship. Sephy and Callum are forced to navigate their society divided by a racial class system known as “noughts” and “crosses”.

Each of their families face challenges, break downs and conflicts as they try to navigate their place in society and struggle against the oppression they’re forced to confront.

Noughts & Crosses - Daniel Copeland (Ryan), James Arden (Callum), Nathaniel McCloskey (Jude) - Credit Robert Day

Never shirking from the source material’s questions about race and social inequality. Noughts & Crosses sets its characters on difficult journeys towards understanding the true value of human relationships.

This stage adaptation captivated the mostly teen audience, holding the entire theater spell bound in moments of intensity. From a terrifying slow motion explosion, imaged television news footage appearing on screens, to dark scenes where characters face a gallows.

This is a play which is not for younger children and tackles social challenges and adult issues head on.

The imaginative staging adds to the oppressive atmosphere which is created by the ensemble cast taking multiple roles and keeping the intense pressure of the play moving.

There are only a few moments of levity and laughter, and the whole production brilliantly and slowly ramps up the tension. With the threat of state versus rebellion constantly in the background.

At its heart the play stays focused on the story of two young lovers in a dangerous world, and both leads to deliver compelling performances.

Noughts & Crosses is a thought provoking evening of theatre. Packed with intensity and poses important questions which will stay with you long after the play has finished.

Noughts & Crosses is at Theater Royal Bath until the 4th of March. You can get tickets here.

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