Pilot Theatre

Run, Rebel

Written and adapted by Manjeet Mann
Directed by Tessa Walker

Touring March – April 2023

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 s t r a i g h t e r . . .

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

Run, Amber. Run.

Run, Rebel is a world premier adaptation of Manjeet Mann’s celebrated novel. Following the acclaimed productions of Noughts and CrossesCrongton Knights and The Bone Sparrow, Pilot Theatre brings another spellbinding adaptation of the very best recent young adult fiction to UK stages. Combining physical theatre and mesmerising visuals, and performed by a multi-talented ensemble this promises to be another landmark co-production made especially for audiences of 11+.

Co-produced with Mercury Theatre Colchester, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Theatre and York Theatre Royal.

Tour dates

Mercury Theatre Colchester

25 Feb – 04 Mar

York Theatre Royal

07 Mar – 11 Mar

Derby Theatre

14 Mar – 18 Mar

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Belgrade Theatre Coventry

21 Mar – 25 Mar

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Guidance and information

Age Guidance: 11+
Content warning: Run, Rebel contains depictions of violence (including domestic violence), alcoholism, bullying and discrimination. The production also includes references to ‘honour’ killings. Some strong language.


★★★★ The  Stage

★★★★ BritishTheatre.com

★★★★ ReviewsHub

★★★★ Charles Hutchinson

★★★★ YorkMix

Support Links

We have included information about support organisations for those who are experiencing, or have experienced, domestic abuse.

Support organisations for domestic abuse (national)

National Health Service
Freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Home Office

Support organisations for domestic abuse (local)

Next Chapter 0330 333 7444
Colchester Borough Homes
Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Partnership
Essex Compass

IDAS – Independent Domestic Abuse Services – 03000 110 110

Derby Women’s Centre
The Elm Foundation 08000 198 668
Crossroads Derbyshire

Safe to Talk 0800 111 4998
Coventry Haven Women’s Aid
Panahghar 0800 055 6519
Valley House

Alnwick, Northumberland
My Harbour 01670 820199
Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services

Support organisation for forced marriage and honour crimes
Karma Nirvana: 0800 5999 247 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
GOV.UK Forced Marriage Unit: 020 7008 0151

Support organisations for children
Childline – 0800 1111

Schools Workshops

All workshops are bespoke and tailored to the needs of your students, and can be scheduled pre- or post-performance at your school, college or university. To arrange a workshop, please email us directly: education@pilot-theatre.com

A practical drama session exploring the play, production, characters, and themes delivered by a Pilot artist. The workshop can be tailored to using Run Rebel as a creative stimulus for devising, exploring Run Rebel as a set-text, or examining social justice issues related to the play.

For state schools: 2 sessions or a full day: £325 + VAT
1 session (up to 2 hours): £250 + VAT

For private schools: 2 sessions or a full day: £475 + VAT
1 session (up to 2 hours): £400 + VAT

Original production presented by Pilot Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Theatre, Mercury Theatre Colchester and York Theatre Royal.

Educational Resources

A full educational resource is available to download for free.

Download Run Rebel Resource Pack Part A PDF

Following the opening of the production, Part B of the education pack for Run, Rebel will be available from March 2023, which will include filmed extracts from the production to watch again.

Free Programme

You can access the digital programme for free via one of the following links.

Download the Run Rebel Programme PDF

Access the Run Rebel Programme without downloading on ISSUU

Free CPD for Teachers

CPD for Drama Teachers with Carolyn Bradley: Run, Rebel

Monday 13 March 2023


In this interactive CPD session aimed at secondary Drama teachers, Carolyn will advise how to use our education resources to enrich classroom learning, and how best to support students in writing about Run, Rebel for the Live Theatre component of their GCSE exams.

The online session will look at key extracts from the production, and moments of acting and design in detail. In addition, the session will give practical teaching strategies for studying Run, Rebel for the GCSE exam.

To complement the national touring production of Run, Rebel, Pilot is producing free education resources, which will include: synopsis and themes, practical creative exercises and activities, video interviews with creatives, photographs of the production, filmed extracts to watch again, and information about environmental sustainability. These resources will support the curricula of Drama, English and PSHE, in PDF format and PowerPoint slides.

Carolyn is an experienced Drama teacher based in Leeds, who has produced the Drama education resources for Pilot Theatre’s productions. She is an examiner and moderator for GCSE and A Level Drama, and an arts education consultant. Carolyn is the Secretary on the Executive Committee of National Drama, an OFQUAL Subject Expert for Drama and sits on the CLA’s Advisory Panel.

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Cast and Creatives

  • Pushpinder Chani

  • Jessica Kaur

  • Asha Kingsley

  • Simran Kular

  • Hannah Millward

  • Kiran Raywilliams


Novel by Manjeet Mann
Adapted by Manjeet Mann
Director: Tessa Walker
Designer: Debbie Duru
Lighting Designer: Ben Cowens
Video Designer: Daniel Denton
Associate Video Designer: Ben Glover
Sound Designer: Yvonne Gilbert
Composer: Niraj Chag
Movement Director: Kuldip Singh-Barmi
Associate Movement Director: Ayesha Fazal
Casting Director: Olivia Barr
Casting Consultant: Polly Jerrold Casting
Casting Associate: Francesca Tennant
Staff Director: Neetu Singh
Assistant Director (Birkbeck Placement): Emmy Briggs

Stage Management Team

Company Stage Manager (Colchester): Rebecca Samuels
Company Stage Manager (Tour): Emily Walls
Deputy Stage Manager: Jeanette Maggs
Assistant Stage Manager: Lizzie Hayward