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Connections Festival 2021

Connections 2021 logo with faces of young people

Connections Festival 2021

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 will work 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.

Please find links to all the films here, including captions.

This year’s productions are:

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
Watch the Wren Academy Sixth Form Drama Society performance on YouTube

Crusaders by Frances Poet, performed by Delanté Détras Theatre Company (Doncaster)
Watch the Delanté Détras Theatre Company performance on YouTube

Find a Partner! by Miriam Battye, performed by Hele's School (Plympton)
Watch the Hele's School performance on YouTube

Like There's No Tomorrow created by the Belgrade Young Company, with Justine Themen, Claire Procter and Liz Mytton, performed by Derby Theatre
Watch the Derby Theatre performance on YouTube

Look Up by Andrew Muir, performed by The Boaty Theatre Company (Ellesmere Port)
Watch the The Boaty Theatre Company performance on YouTube

The IT by Vivienne Franzmann, performed by Valley Park School (Maidstone)
Watch the Valley Park School performance on YouTube

The Marxist in Heaven by Hattie Naylor, performed by Brilliant Theatre Arts (Hemel Hempstead)
Watch the Brilliant Theatre Arts performance on YouTube

Tuesday by Alison Carr, performed by Shetland Youth Theatre
Watch the Shetland Youth Theatre performance on YouTube

Wind/Rush Generation(s) by Mojisola Adebayo, performed by CWC Company (City of Westminster College)
Watch the CWC Company performance on YouTube

Witches Can't Be Burned by Silva Semerciyan, performed by Dudley College Performing Arts
Watch the Dudley College Performing Arts performance on YouTube