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National Theatre Connections

Every year the National Theatre commissions new plays by leading playwrights for young theatre companies all over the country to perform, in our nationwide Connections Festival. NT Connections has been up and running for over 21 years now. Collaborating with over 500 youth theatre companies and inspiring over 10,000 young people from every corner of the UK. Festivals have popped up in over 40 partner theatres since it began. Connections celebrates great new writing for the stage – and the energy, commitment and talent of young theatre-makers.

With 30 partner Theatre festivals taking place across the country, connections 2019 will involve at least 5,000 talented young people from right across the UK, and inspire and entertain audiences with plays for and about young people that are current, challenging and resonant.

The companies that will be involved in connections 2019 are:

Acorn Young People’s Theatre
Atlantic Coast Theatre
Dorchester Youth Theatre
Hall For Cornwall Youth Theatre
Kingsley Bideford Community Theatre Company
Pike and Musket
St.Ives School Youth Theatre
The Plough Youth Theatre Seniors
Westfield Arts College
Young and Unique @ CCC

We have a great opportunity to support the festival, as part of a work experience placement. See the link below for further information.

Looking back on the 2018 Festival

The companies that were involved in the festival this year were –

Pike and Musket- Want
Lipson Co-operative Academy- When They Go Low
St. Ives School Youth Theatre- When They Go Low
Young and Unique @ Callington Community College- The Blue Electric Wind
Kingsley Community Theatre Company- The Free9
Cornwall College- The Changing Room
The Plough Youth Theatre Seniors- Ceasefire Babies
Acorn Young People’s Theatre- The Free9
McMillan Youth Theatre- These Bridges

Looking back on the 2017 Festival

The companies that were involved in the festival this year were –

Lipson Cooperative Academy – #YOLO
St Ives School Youth Theatre- Extremism
The Plough Arts Centre- # YOLO
Kingsley Community Theatre Company- The School Film
Wadebridge School- FOMO
Cornwall College- Status Update
Young and Unique Theatre Company, Callington CC- Status Update
Acorn Young People’s Theatre- The School Film
Pike & Musket- Status Update
Young Company, Theatre Royal Plymouth- Zero for the Young Dudes

Looking back on the 2016 Festival

The companies that were involved in the festival this year were –

Bideford Kingsley Community Theatre Company
Chagford Youth Theatre
Lipson Cooperative Academy
Mezzamorphoses
Pike & Musket
The Plough Arts Centre
The Young Pretenders
Tower Bay Youth Theatre
Vivid Theatre Company
Young Company, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Looking back on the 2015 Festival

The Theatre Royal Plymouth was delighted to be one of 26 venues across the UK who hosted a showcase festival from Wednesday 15 April to Saturday 18 April 2015 in The Drum. We played host to schools and youth theatres from across the region including:
Fowey River Academy – Hood
Kidz R Us – Remote
Kingsley School Community Youth Theatre Company – The Boy Preference
Lyme Youth Theatre – Hospital Food
Newquay Tretherras School – Drama, Baby
Tower Drama – Remote
Young and Unique Theatre Company, Callington CC – Remote

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Connections is supported by:

ALW Foundation

Jacqueline and Richard Worswick.

With thanks for additional contributions from NT supporters and Trusts and Foundations

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