Zawe Ashton

Noughts & Crosses
  • Noughts & Crosses

    • Malorie Blackman

    • Tracy Wiles (Read by)

    • Zawe Ashton (Read by)

    • Rikki Lawton (Read by)

    • Adjoa Andoh (Read by)

    • Full Cast (Read by)

    • Carl Prekopp (Read by)

    • Alex Lanipekun (Read by)

    • Jude Akuwudike (Read by)

    • Nikki Amuka-Bird (Read by)

    A thrilling adaptation of Malorie Blackman's bestselling novel about young love in a dystopian world

    Callum and Sephy have known each other since they were babies. His Mum used to work for hers as housekeeper, and they played together and became best friends. Then Callum's mother lost her job, and they had to start meeting in secret. Because Callum is a Nought - a second class citizen - and Sephy a Cross, one of the elite. And Noughts and Crosses can't mix...

    In this segregated society, Noughts are nonentities - discriminated against, denigrated, denied decent education. But now Callum's passed the entrance exams and been allowed into Sephy's posh school. Surely this is his first step to a better life, one where he and Sephy can be together?

    Only it doesn't work out that way. Instead of acceptance, the couple face opposition, intimidation and violence. They know they're made for each other - but the world keeps tearing them apart. And soon bigger things will prevail. Like the bombing...

    Malorie Blackman's groundbreaking book has won a host of awards and become a modern classic, with themes of racism and prejudice that still resonate today. This powerful, hard-hitting dramatisation was written by award-winning playwright Janice Okoh, and stars Zawe Ashton as Sephy, with Rikki Lawton as Callum.

    Also included is a bonus episode of Word of Mouth, in which Malorie Blackman talks to Michael Rosen about her lifelong love of reading, the writing that has shaped her, and how she's used language in her own influential work.

    Sephy - Zawe Ashton
    Callum - Rikki Lawton
    Meggie/Jasmine - Adjoa Andoh
    Ryan/Andrew Dorn - Carl Prekopp
    Jude - Alex Lanipekun
    Lynette/Sarah - Tracy Wiles
    Kamal - Jude Akuwudike
    Kelani Adams - Nikki Amuka Bird
    Mr Pingule - Israel Oyelumade
    Mr Stoll/Judge - Richard Pepple
    Soanes/Sgt Collins - Gerard McDermott
    Shania - Victoria Inez Hardy

    Adapted by Janice Okoh
    Director/Producer Marion Nancarrow

    First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 25 February 2012

    (p) 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
    © 2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Zawe Ashton is an actress, playwright and director who started acting at the age of six. Her portrayal of Vod in Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong’s Fresh Meat won her a cult following and the diversity of her work across television, film and stage has attracted numerous accolades. Recent credits include the BBC/Netflix TV series Wanderlust, the Netflix feature film Velvet Buzzsaw and Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Her play for all those women who thought they were Mad will be staged for the first time this year. She lives in London.

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