NT Connections 2019

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Tuesday 2 - Saturday 6 April 

Alexandra Theatre

Connections is the National Theatre’s annual festival of new plays for young people, developed by leading playwrights exploring urgent and exciting themes. 

The programme offers young people in schools and youth theatres the opportunity to experience a professional theatre-making process.   

Led by Chichester Festival Theatre, working in partnership with Alexandra Theatre, we present exciting new works from ten young companies as part of a nationwide Festival.

Tickets will be available to book in spring 2019

The Burgess Hill AcademySalt by Dawn King2 April
Wildern SchoolClass by Ben Bailey Smith and Lajaune Lincoln2 April
SRWA Theatre CompanyChaos by Laura Lomas3 April
Worthing CollegeClass by Ben Bailey Smith & Lajaune Lincoln3 April
Barton Peveril CollegeChaos by Laura Lomas4 April
Kings Youth TheatreSalt by Dawn King4 April
Brighton CollegeStuff by Tom Wells5 April
Ringwood SchoolFlesh by Rob Drummond5 April
Chichester Festival Youth TheatreFlesh by Rob Drummond6 April
Nuffield Southampton Youth TheatreClass by Ben Bailey Smith & Lajaune Lincoln6 April

by Tom Wells

Vinny's organising a surprise birthday party for his mate, Anita. It's not going well: his choice of venue is a bit misguided, Anita's not keen on leaving the house, and everyone else has their own stuff going on. Maybe a surprise party wasn’t the best idea? A play about trying (but not really managing) to help. 

by Ben Bailey Smith  and Lajaune Lincoln

It’s school election time and while most of the school is busy enjoying their lunchbreak, a deadlock is taking place amongst the members of the school council. Bitter rivalries, secret alliances and false promises are laid bare. As a ruthless battle ensues, who will win and does anyone really care? A play about politics, populism and the ‘ping’ of a text message. 

by Dawn King

Life is never plain sailing, but when a new government initiative comes into place offering young people the chance to train and learn skills overseas, droves of teens jump at the chance to secure their future. Once on board the transport ship, the promises of the glossy advert seem a far cry from what lies ahead. A play about generations, choices and hope. 

by Laura Lomas

A girl is locked in a room. A boy brings another boy flowers. A girl has tied herself to a railing. A boy doesn’t know who he is. A girl worries about impending catastrophe. A woman jumps in front of a train. A boy’s heart falls out his chest. A butterfly has a broken wing.

Chaos is a symphony of dislocated and interconnected scenes. A series of characters search for meaning in a complicated and unstable world. Bouncing through physics, the cosmos, love and violence, they find order in the disorder of each other. 

by Rob Drummond

A group of teenagers wake up in a forest with no clue how they got there. They find themselves separated into two different teams but have no idea what game they are expected to play. With no food, no water and seemingly no chance of escape, it’s only a matter of time before things start to get drastic. But whose side are people on and how far will they go to survive? This is a play about human nature, the tribes we create and cannibalism.