Noughts & Crosses: the student verdict

Bilal Ben-Hassen and Navdip Lally joined us for work experience this week from Landau Forte College. Here's what they thought of Noughts & Crosses...

After watching Noughts and Crosses it has changed the way I view others. It is a real eye opener and shows an insight of what it would be like if the roles were reversed. It explored the themes of race, equality, mental health and class. Throughout the play I was captivated and tense about what would happen next as situations became worse and worse for Callum and Sephy. The part that I liked best was the stairs that came out during the hanging scene as it was effective and created more tension. Also the spotlight showed who was speaking which told the audience that the characters were in different places. I would recommend this to everyone whether they have read the book or not as it says an important message that racism and discrimination may not have completely disappeared. Having seen the play I want to now read Malorie Blackman’s novel. 

Review by Navdip Lally

I consider the thought-provoking plot of Noughts and Crosses to evoke a sense of struggle and an understanding of the impacts that discrimination can have on society and the individuals that are affected by it. For example, the character of Callum is shown to be negatively affected by this as we are shown his transformation from an aspiring, intellectual student into a freedom fighter for a terrorist group known as the Liberation Militia. However, this is contrasted to the change in Persephone Hadley nicknamed ‘Sephy’. She begins to understand more about the acts that Crosses had previously committed to keep their influence on the ‘colourless Noughts’ and changes positively so that she can bring fairness and equality to their society. 

Review by Bilal Ben-Hassen

Book Tickets

Noughts & Crosses is now showing until Sat 16 Feb. Tickets from £10.