Trailer: Watch the world première stage adaptation of Manjeet Mann’s award-winning novel for young adults, Run Rebel

    Pilot Theatre presents with Mercury Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Theatre and York Theatre Royal

    RUN REBEL

    Based on the novel by Manjeet Mann


    I am strength

    I am power

    I am courage

    I am revolution

    I am Amber Rai

    Amber is trapped – by her family’s rules, by their expectations, by her own fears. But on the running track she is completely free. As her body speeds up, the world slows down. And the tangled, mixed-up lines in her head get straighter…

    It’s time to start a revolution: for her mother, for her sister, for herself.

    Tessa Walker directs the world première adaptation of Manjeet Mann’s award-winning novel for young adults, published in 2020.

    Manjeet Mann is an actress, playwright, screenwriter and director. Her debut young adult novel Run Rebel was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2021 and won the CILIP Carnegie Shadowers Choice Award, The UKLA Award, Diverse Book Award and Sheffield Children’s Book Award. It was also a Guardian best book of 2020. Her second novel The Crossing won The Costa Children’s Book Award, and was also shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize 2022, the Carnegie Medal 2022, the YA Book Prize 2022 and the CLPE CLIPPA Poetry Award 2022. She spent a year as an associate artist with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Soho Writers Lab and Kali Theatre’s writer’s lab, where she wrote Payback, This Other Eden (Arcola Theatre), She’s The Bitchy One (Camden Fringe), Flying SoloA Dangerous Woman (UK tours) and Starting Out (Birmingham Repertory Theatre/Hackney Showrooms). Mann is also the founder of Run The World – an organisation that works with women and girls from marginalised backgrounds and helps to empower them through sport and storytelling.

    Tessa Walker is a theatre director and dramaturg. She is currently an Associate Director at Hampstead Theatre and was previously an Associate Director at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Her recent credits include Ravenscourt; Big, Big, Sky (Hampstead Theatre), Bright Places, Jekyll and Hyde, 101 Dalmatians, The Whip Hand, Looking for John, The Quiet House, Folk (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Symphony of Us (Coventry Cathedral), The Glad Game (Nottingham Playhouse), The Snow Queen (Sherman Theatre), The Gatekeeper (Royal Exchange), The Company Will Overlook a Moment of Madness (National Theatre of Scotland), Dream Pill, Dancing Bears (Soho Theatre), The Red Helicopter (Almeida Theatre), She From The Sea (LIFT), Harm’s Way (The Lowry), Black Crows (Arcola Theatre) and Orange (Script Cymru). Walker has also been a Literary Director at Paines Plough and a Literary Associate at the National Theatre of Scotland.

    Tour Dates 2023

    Mercury Theatre Colchester 24 Feb – 04 Mar BOOK TICKETS

    York Theatre Royal 07 Mar – 11 Mar BOOK TICKETS

    Derby Theatre 14 Mar – 18 Mar BOOK TICKETS

    Belgrade Theatre Coventry 21 Mar – 25 Mar BOOK TICKETS

    Alnwick Playhouse 28 Mar (schools performances on Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th, Thursday 30th and Friday 31st March)

    BOOK TICKETS


    Illustration by Manjit Thapp

    What's on?

    Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

    The smash-hit musical based on Roald Dahl's beloved classic.

    The Marlowe Theatre - Canterbury

    24 May 2023 - 3 Jun 2023

    Roald Dahl’s devilishly delicious tale of young golden ticket winner Charlie Bucket and wild confectionary wizard Willy Wonka will take you to a world of Pure Imagination.

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    The first major stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s work is a thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth and friendship.

    The Theatre Royal Plymouth

    14 Feb 2023 - 25 Feb 2023

    From the imagination of Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of Coraline, Good Omens and The Sandman,...

    Tom Grennan

    2023 Tour

    AO Arena Manchester

    18 Mar 2023

    Singer-songwriter Tom Grennan first found fame as the guest vocalist on Chase & Status’s track “All Goes Wrong”. He cut his teeth in the Radio 1 Live Lounge and on BBC Two’s Later… with Jools Holland.
    - Advertisement -