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Production shot of Flesh - 2019 Connections Festival


Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK's most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow. 

Every year, 300 youth theatre companies and over 6,000 young people from every corner of the UK are producing a Connections play this year. 

Applications for Connections 2022 are now closed. Do check our website for updates on future Connections cycles. 

The National Theatre's Partner for Learning is Bank of America.

Connections is supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation, Buffini Chao Foundation, The Hearn Foundation, The Broughton Family Charitable Trust, The Peter Cundill Foundation, CHK Foundation, The EBM Charitable Trust, The Golsoncott Foundation, Henry Oldfield Trust, The John Thaw Foundation, Katie Bradford Arts Trust, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, Mulberry Trust, The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.

Photograph by The Other Richard

Connections | An Introduction to Connections

A short film that shows all the different aspects of Connections filmed in 2017.

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Connections | Leytonstone Case Study

We followed the participants from Leytonstone on their Connections journey in 2017.

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Contact us

The Connections team is part of the NT Learning Department. 

Kirsten Adam

Arianne Welsh
Assistant Producer

Georgia Choudhuri 
Connections Assistant 

Ola Animashawun
NT Associate and Connections Dramaturg 

You can contact the Connections team on [email protected] 



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