Tuesday 2 - Saturday 6 April
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 Academy||Salt by Dawn King||2 April|
|Wildern School||Class by Ben Bailey Smith and Lajaune Lincoln||2 April|
|SRWA Theatre Company||Chaos by Laura Lomas||3 April|
|Worthing College||Class by Ben Bailey Smith & Lajaune Lincoln||3 April|
|Barton Peveril College||Chaos by Laura Lomas||4 April|
|Kings Youth Theatre||Salt by Dawn King||4 April|
|Brighton College||Stuff by Tom Wells||5 April|
|Ringwood School||Flesh by Rob Drummond||5 April|
|Chichester Festival Youth Theatre||Flesh by Rob Drummond||6 April|
|Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre||Class by Ben Bailey Smith & Lajaune Lincoln||6 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.