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NT Connections

Minerva Theatre


We are delighted to host the 2017 National Theatre Connections regional Festival in the Minerva Theatre - a unique opportunity to watch new plays written for young people by some of Theatre’s most exciting playwrights.

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Each evening the first play will start at 7pm followed by a 15 minute interval before the second play. The running order will be decided on the night just before the house opens.

Tuesday 21 March
Blatchington Mill School – The School Film by Patrick Marber
Felpham Community College - #YOLO by Matthew Bulgo
Age guidance 15+

Wednesday 22 March
The Winston Churchill School – The Snow Dragons by Lizzie Nunnery
Age guidance 13+

Thursday 23 March
Strode’s College – Musical Differences by Robin French
Stanley Park Drama – Three by Harriet Braun
Age guidance 15+

Friday 24 March
Worthing College – Musical Differences by Robin French
Sir Robert Woodard Academy – Status Update by Tim Etchells
Age guidance 15+

Saturday 25 March
Chadsworth Stage School – The School Film by Patrick Marber
Pursue Theatre Company, Heathside School – Extremism by Anders Lustgarten
Age guidance 15+

Sunday 26 March
Chichester Festival Youth Theatre - #YOLOby Matthew Bulgo
Gildredge House – Zero For The Young Dudes! by Alistair McDowall
Age guidance 15+

The Plays

Extremism by Anders Lustgarten
The police just took Jamal away. Because Miss Tomlinson called them. Because she had to. Because of Prevent. But now Miss Tomlinson and the police are gone, and all that’s left is a shell-shocked class. Who knew Jamal? What did he do? And what is gonna happen next? A play about fear, friendship and the creeping polarisation of our society.

Musical Differences by Robin French
In the summer of Year Ten, Alex Stokes takes the fateful step of buying an electric guitar and forming his own rock group. He teams up with a mysterious young singer by the name of Joel Lawrence. What follows could well be the most incredible saga in the school’s musical history. The band survives different line-ups, impossible love affairs and brutal school politics. By Year Thirteen, they are a tightly knit four-piece, and their final gig is nothing short of remarkable – but have individual members paid too high a price?

Status Update by Tim Etchells
We know facts. We know secrets. We have opinions, we have intuition and we have the stage. Status Update is an unflinching and funny catalogue of the things teenagers learn, believe and have sussed out about the world. From the ridiculous to the highly charged, all these truths and half-truths are laid bare before us, without the safety net of character or fiction.

The Monstrum by Kellie Smith
In a cold village on the edge of nowhere, a disease has broken out, infecting the young and transforming them into monstrous creatures. The villagers fearfully watch their children for symptoms of the disease, whilst the Mayor has adopted tough measures for dealing with those who are infected. When Bolek, the local scholar, makes a breakthrough in finding a cure, few are prepared for the gruesome nature of the treatment. But with his own daughter showing signs of infection, there is no choice than to stop this terrible disease dead in its tracks.

A gothic melodrama about the terrifying onset of adolescence.

The School Film by Patrick Marber
"What are great expectations?" "It means he's going to be rich. And a gentleman"

The whole school assemble in the hall to watch 'the school film' which turns out to be an old British classic from the 1940s, in black and white no less. As the young viewers absorb the adventures of the characters in the old story they begin to discover what their own expectations might be.

The Snow Dragons by Lizzie Nunnery
Raggi and her friends spend their free time in the woods and mountains around their sleepy fjord town playing games of Vikings, dragons and war.

When soldiers occupy the town, they watch from their hut in the mountains: their friends and families beaten, silenced, abducted... Let down by the adult world they form The Snow Dragons, ‘the last line of resistance’ carrying out sabotage missions. But this is no game, and true courage requires great sacrifice.

Three by Harriet Braun
It’s a long, hot summer. Six teenagers are in various states of lust, longing and unrequited love. A boy has a crush on the girl next door; only she’s going out with the school heartthrob. Two teenagers meet for a blind date but they’re both thinking about someone else. A shy girl with a secret makes friends with the most popular girl in her class. Only these are love stories with a difference: thanks to the inner voice trailing around after each character, we get to hear what they’re all saying and thinking. Fortunately there’s a narrator to keep us all on track, but there’s a small problem: our narrator would much rather be on reality TV.

#YOLO by Matthew Bulgo
‘How am I supposed to deal with... that... with the idea of... when I haven't dealt with life yet?!’

It's A-level results day and Jack has it all laid out in front of him. After a summer of love and laughter with his mates, he's off to university. He can't wait for 'Freshers’ Week' and all the adventures that will follow. Life is just beginning and it couldn't be better. But when Jack gets blind-sided by a revelation about his health, he gets propelled into an adult world before he's had a chance to enjoy his youth.

Will Jack be able to become an adult in time to save himself?

Zero For The Young Dudes!
by Alistair McDowall

The inmates at a bizarre summer camp are plotting a revolution. Or has it already happened?

Spending a day watching their schedule of exercise, lessons and meals, a long history of unrest and injustice lies hidden, and as the day wears on, a violent future looms large on the horizon.