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The Boy at the Back of the Class


Evenings: Tue, Fri & Sat 6:30pm
Matinees: Wed & Thu 10:30am & 2pm, Sat 2pm
Running time: 2hrs
Audio Described & Captioned perf: Sat 4 May, 2pm
Recommended: 7+ 

A Children’s Theatre Partnership and Rose Theatre production 

There used to be an empty chair at the back of the class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it.
He’s nine years old (just like me), but he’s very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn’t like sweets – not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite! 

After learning that he has fled his own war-torn country, Ahmet’s classmates have ‘The Greatest Idea in the World’ – a magnificent plan to reunite Ahmet with his family. An unexpected and often hilarious adventure follows, all topped off with a terrific twist. 

Told from a child’s perspective, balancing heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class highlights the power of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense and reminds us that everyone needs a place to call home. 

Based on the book by Onjali Q. Raúf
Adapted for the stage by Nick Ahad
Directed by Monique Touko

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A lovely, warm-hearted celebration of courage and friendship’

The Guardian

This is a beautiful, open-hearted debut that should help children be the best they can be and realise the power of kindness’

Book Trust

Newcastle Theatre Royal Friends artwork


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