THE harrowing story of the murder of Sophie Lancaster will be told in a play at Burnley Youth Theatre next week.

Black Roses will be performed at the theatre on Wednesday, March 19, and Thursday, March 20.

The play is an elegy for Sophie in which her story is told through a series of poems by the award-winning poet Simon Armitage, alongside the words of her mother, Sylvia Lancaster.

Black Roses provoked an unprecedented response when it premiered on BBC Radio 4 in 2011 and went on to win the BBC Audio and Music Best Speech Programme of the Year Award.

The Royal Exchange production received huge acclaim in 2012, and is now touring the North West, working in support of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

The original award-winning cast of Rachel Austin and Julie Hesmondhalgh are returning and after each performance there will be a short session for questions about the issues involved in the play.

For more information and tickets call 01282 427767.