Nt Connections.

NT Connections

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We are delighted to host the 2018 National Theatre Connections Regional Festival – a unique opportunity to watch specially commissioned plays written by emerging and established playwrights. Schools and youth theatres from across the region will come together to perform these exciting new works.

Tuesday 20 March, 7pm

Cavendish School - The Free9 by In-Sook Chappell
Worthing College - [BLANK] by Alice Birch

Wednesday 21 March, 7pm

Felpham Community College - When They Go Low by Natalie Mitchell
Wildern School - Want by Barney Norris

Thursday 22 March, 7pm

Millais Productions - The Changing Room by Chris Bush
SRWA Theatre Company - The Free9 by In-Sook Chappell

Friday 23 March, 7pm

Hove Park School - When They Go Low by Natalie Mitchell
Starlight Theatre Company - These Bridges by Phoebe Éclair Powell

Saturday 24 March, 7pm

Chichester Festival Youth Theatre - These Bridges by Phoebe Éclair Powell
Kings Youth Theatre - The Blue Electric Wind by Brad Birch


By Alice Birch (a co- commission with Clean Break)

A play about adults and children impacted by the criminal justice system. It's a series of 50 scenes - some of which may feel connected, others less so. It's about what life is like when adults feel absent from it.

Alice Birch – Why I Wrote this Play:
‘I was interested in writing a piece of theatre that gives as much control over to companies as possible, whilst still remaining a robust piece of theatrical writing. I'm interested in the often cyclical nature of violence, of incarceration and particularly around women in prison, and children who are inevitably left behind - the unacknowledged victims of crime.’

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The Blue Electric Wind

By Brad Birch

When people at school start forgetting things, Scott wonders if he’s the only one who’s noticed. He and some of the school’s misfits seem to be the only ones who can see what’s happening. Is it the weather? Is it a virus? They must join forces to try and work out what is causing everyone in town to lose all sense of who they are.

The Blue Electric Wind is about why we remember what we do; it’s about bravery and about growing up.

Brad Birch – Why I Wrote this Play:

‘I wanted to write an ensemble adventure story set in an ordinary school and to create the kind of story I would have enjoyed when I was the age of the characters. I think there's something interesting in questions around the role of our memory in society, and how young people's relationships with their memories change over time.’

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These Bridges

By Phoebe Éclair Powell

When the Thames bursts its banks and submerges London, the north and the south of the city become separated. Myths abound about ‘the other side’ – is it really better? Four sets of teenagers ignore the risks of the treacherous crossing, to find out whether the other side is all it’s cracked up to be. The drowned commuters of the Circle Line conjure memories of the past.

These Bridges looks at a fearful future and seeks to show that if we stick together, we may just survive it all.

Phoebe Éclair Powell – Why I Wrote this Play:

‘Every time I cross Waterloo Bridge I look out onto the big, bold Thames and make a wish. The river slithers across the city I call home, and love with all my heart. But pre – and now post – the Brexit referendum, I could tell we stood divided. I wanted to write about fear and hope; about the myths of the city and the teenagers who will hopefully save us all from a terrifying future by reminding us of how to work together.’

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Changing Rooms

By Chris Bush

A lyrical piece about existing on the cusp of growing up. Are we teenagers? Are we children? What are we? It's about bodies in flux and perspectives shifting; knowing change is coming but not what that change will look like. Set in and around a swimming pool, The Changing Room follows a group of teens full of excitement, impatience and uncertainty, each with their own secret worries and desires for what comes next.

Chris Bush – Why I Wrote this Play:

‘In writing this piece I'm trying to capture something of the hormonal rush and sensory overload of adolescence in all its messy and magical glory. While no two teenagers are the same, ultimately I wanted to show that this is an experience no-one goes through alone.’

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The Free9

The Free9
by In-Sook Chappell

Nine teenagers flee North Korea, dreaming of a new life in the South. But the danger is far from over. With threats around every corner, perhaps the mysterious figure of The Big Brother can help them? Or is he the very person they’re running from? As their lives hang in the balance, could the teenagers’ fate ultimately come down to a garish South Korean game show?

Based on a true story, this is the story of hope, escape and cultural difference.

In-Sook Chappell – Why I Wrote this Play:
‘This play was inspired by the Laos 9 – the North Korean orphans who were detained in Laos and then told, ‘Pack your bags you’re going to South Korea’. Unfortunately it was a lie and they were sent back to North Korea. Their story broke my heart and filled me with anger, so it was something I had to write. The Free9 is dedicated to them and all the forgotten inside North Korea.’

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When They Go Low

By Natalie Mitchell

Social media is in a frenzy over pictures of Sarah at a party on the weekend – no one knows quite what she got up to. When Miss Reef lectures the girls on taking more responsibility for their actions, Louise becomes enraged that the boys who took the pictures aren’t made accountable too. She wages war on the misogyny but when she threatens school stalwart Scott and his claim to the School Captain title, things get very nasty. A website appears, rating the girls on their appearance and shaming them for their actions.

When They Go Low is about everyday feminism and the changing face of teenage sexuality in an online world. When they go low, we go high.

Natalie Mitchell – Why I Wrote this Play:

‘When They Go Low was inspired by the true story of a group of teenage girls in Manchester who attempted to set up a feminist society at their school, and the backlash they experienced. The play asks questions about why the ‘F’ word is so inflammatory, how misogyny has become normalised, and why equality might feel emasculating to some people, without necessarily finding the answers.’

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By Barney Norris

Ross wants Jenny, but Jenny wants adventure. Heather wants Claire to get better and Claire wants a normal life. Gabby wants to go to university but worries about her brother. Mark and Chris just want something to do.

WANT tells the stories of a constellation of young people through a series of charged, longing exchanges. A cycle of characters try to decide what kind of life is waiting for them.

Barney Norris – Why I Wrote this Play:

‘I wrote this play to give voice to the landscape of life among young people where I come from, in semi-rural Wiltshire, where possibility is caged by the bus timetable and the work available, and time passes in the search for something to put at the centre of your life.’

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