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Run, Rebel (stage version)

Run, Rebel (stage version)

By Manjeet Mann
Series: NHB Modern Plays
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781839042218, 120 pages, March 2023


Amber is trapped – by her family's rules and expectations, and by her own fears. But on the running track she feels free. As her body speeds up, the world slows down. And the tangled, mixed-up words in her head start to make sense...

It's time to start a revolution: for her mother, for her sister, for herself. Run, Amber. Run.

Manjeet Mann's multi-award-winning verse novel, Run, Rebel, about a young woman beginning to take control of her life, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2021 and won the CILIP Carnegie Shadowers Choice Award, a UKLA Book Award, a Diverse Book Award and the Sheffield Children's Book Award.

This fast-paced, mesmerising stage version, adapted by the author, was first produced in 2023 by Pilot Theatre, with Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Theatre and York Theatre Royal. This edition also contains a range of teaching materials and resources designed to help educators bring the play to life for their students.


'An empowering show for teenagers with a touch of Bend It Like Beckham... vividly captures the restlessness of being a teenager'

- The Stage

'Mann's brilliant, coruscating verse novel lays out the anatomy of Amber's revolution, and the tentative first flowerings of hope and change'

- Guardian

'Strong storytelling... thought-provoking, involving and exciting'


'A superb adaptation... joyful, vibrant and full of life, with a genuine feel-good ending'

- Reviews Hub