Pilot Theater has announced a new tour of Manjeet Mann’s award-winning novel Run, Rebel in a co-production with Mercury Theater Colchester, Belgrade Theater Coventry, Derby Theater and York Theater Royal.
Directed by Tessa Walker, this celebrated novel is brought to exciting stage life in a new adaptation by the author, as it tells the story of Amber, a young girl who skillfully defines her place in the world, while coping with a difficult family life. and bullying at home school with sanctuary coming to her through an escape route of running and running fast.
Combining physical theater and mesmerizing imagery, the show is specially crafted for an audience of 11+ and will be performed by a multi-talented ensemble. Run Rebel will open to the press at the Mercury Colchester on Thursday 2nd March before traveling to York, Derby, Coventry and Alnwick. The press are invited to attend a matinee or evening performance of the show on Thursday 2 March at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester.
Amber is trapped by her family’s rules, their expectations, her own fears. But she on the racing track she is completely free. As her body speeds up, the world slows down. And the tangled, fuzzy lines in her head grow straighter. It’s time to start a revolution: for her mother, for her sister, for herself.
The cast includes Jessica Kaur (Amber), Simran Kular (Ruby/Beena), Pushpinder Chani (Harbans), Asha Kingsley (Surinder) and Hannah Millward (Tara).
Following the success of the acclaimed productions Noughts and Crosses, Crongton Knights and The Bone Sparrow, Pilot Theater has once again joined forces with Mercury Theatre, Belgrade Theater Coventry, Derby Theater and York Theater Royal who in 2018 formed a partnership to develop, produce and present theater for younger audiences.
Tessa Walker said: “It is an absolute pleasure to work with Manjeet on this adaptation of his beautiful, powerful and unique novel. When the two of us started working on the adaptation from page to stage several years ago, we knew then it was Pilot that would be was the best company to collaborate with to bring the piece to life, so working with them now is truly a privilege.”
Esther Richardson (Pilot Theater Artistic Director) said: “Run, Rebel is the fourth production in our acclaimed series of adaptations of the work of young adult contemporary authors.
The project sought to bring brand new stories to the stage for young adults and school children, introducing them to characters who are living and experiencing the world as they too are in the 1920s.
The aim has been to inspire an expansion and diversification of the range of work produced and planned for this age group, including in the school curriculum: we have aimed to enable theaters and schools to offer young people and their carers and educators, narratives that are fresher and may seem more immediately relevant and relatable to their lives, than could be said of existing sets and “classic” texts.
Run Rebel proudly follows in the footsteps of Noughts and Crosses (now a fixed text), Crongton Knights and The Bone Sparrow. We are thrilled to be working with Manjeet Mann and Tessa Walker and our consortium partners – Belgrade Theatre, Colchester Mercury, Derby Theater and York Theater Royal – on this groundbreaking collection of plays.”
Mercury Theater Colchester
Friday 24 February – Saturday 4 March 2023
Box office: 01206 573948
York Theater Royal
Tuesday 7 March – Saturday 11 March 2023
Box office: 01904 623568
Tuesday 14 March – Saturday 18 March 2023
Ticket office: 01332 593939
Belgrade Coventry Theater
Tuesday 21 March – Saturday 25 March 2023
Ticket Office: 0247 655 3055
Tuesday 28 – 31 March 2023
Box office: 01665 660550