Connections is the National Theatre's annual, nationwide youth theatre festival. Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people across the UK to perform.
Bringing together the work of leading playwrights, ten young companies worked with Chocolate Films to record their performances of plays by Alison Carr, Andrew Muir, Frances Poet, Hattie Naylor, John Donnelly, Miriam Battye, Mojisola Adebayo, Silva Semerciyan, Vivienne Franzmann, and the Belgrade Theatre Young Company with Justine Themen, Claire Procter and Liz Mytton.
The Connections 2021 productions were:
A series of public apologies (in response to an unfortunate incident in the school lavatories) by John Donnelly, performed by Wren Academy Sixth Form Drama Society
Crusaders by Frances Poet, performed by Delanté Détras Theatre Company (Doncaster)
Find a Partner! by Miriam Battye, performed by Hele's School (Plympton)
Like There's No Tomorrow created by the Belgrade Young Company, with Justine Themen, Claire Procter and Liz Mytton, performed by Derby Theatre
Look Up by Andrew Muir, performed by The Boaty Theatre Company (Ellesmere Port)
The IT by Vivienne Franzmann, performed by Valley Park School (Maidstone)
The Marxist in Heaven by Hattie Naylor, performed by Brilliant Theatre Arts (Hemel Hempstead)
Tuesday by Alison Carr, performed by Shetland Youth Theatre
Wind/Rush Generation(s) by Mojisola Adebayo, performed by CWC Company (City of Westminster College)
Witches Can't Be Burned by Silva Semerciyan, performed by Dudley College Performing Arts