This world premiere is an adaptation of the young adult novel by Alex Wheatle MBE, which won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2016. Coming to the Lowry in mid-March, Crongton Knights centres on teenager McKay and his friends from the tough, inner-city Crongton Estate. They try to keep their heads down but when a friend finds herself in trouble, they set out on a journey which takes them further than any of them imagined. This madcap night sees this group, calling themselves The Magnificent Six, encounter the dangers and triumphs of a rescue mission gone awry. It’s all set to a soundtrack by the acclaimed musician Conrad Murray, with beatboxing and vocals laid down by the cast. The play stars Olisa Odele (E4’s Chewing Gum, BBC’s Scarborough) as McKay, alongside a diverse cast of up-and comers from stage and screen. Crongton Knights is the second production from a new partnership which aims to develop theatre for younger audiences.

Energetic and engaging adaptation
★★★★ The Stage

What really brings the emotional tug to the play is the actors’ enthusiasm and energy. The cohesive ensemble is strong
★★★★ Whatsonstage

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Tue 10 Mar - Fri 13 Mar, Various show times, The Lowry,
Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ
, Tel: 0343 208 6011, From £16.50
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Fri 28 Feb 2020