Noughts and Crosses: Practical Activity Pack for GCSE Drama

A wide range of stand-alone activities to teach this GCSE classic – for any unit or component!


This stage adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s popular novel combines an exciting storytelling style with thought-provoking themes and a wide-range of performance and design possibilities for students to explore.

Set text for: AQA

Comprehensive collections of diverse and engaging exercises cover the play from all angles. Pick and choose to complement your scheme of work and enhance learning:

  • Whole-text, summative and contextual activities provide a solid foundation for learning
  • Activities cover: Epic Theatre and Story Theatre, discrimination and prejudice, multiple locations, minimalist set, staging a crowd, staging the explosion, tension and physicality, vocal technique, proxemics, subtext… and more!
  • Scene-by-scene tasks allow for in-depth, practical investigation of key themes and moments
  • ‘Staging the text’ section facilitates further exploration of performance and design

Plus! Dedicated ‘exam practice’ essay questions encourage students to effectively apply their skills and knowledge

Fully matched to GCSE exam board requirements, and with an activity overview grid, teacher’s notes and suggested answers for easy planning and assessment.

Includes a range of activities to explore the text, focusing on a variety of different skills

B Meugens, HoD & Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (8723)

It covers a lot of the text/issues/characters with useful tasks that can be adapted to suit students/yourself and particularly if you’re not confident with how you would approach it. The activity grid provides quick reference/ access to specific uses of resource making it quick and easy to use... Varied and insightful for students.

J Poulter, HoD & Peer Reviewer

The resource is extremely detailed and includes a range of activities to explore the text, focusing on a variety of different skills. There are clear links to all of the GCSE AOs which are outlined at the very beginning which is extremely useful. The contents also clearly outline which lessons are theory or practical so it is really useful as a teacher to pick and choose a range of activities when lesson planning

B Meugens, HoD & Peer Reviewer