Other than the Connections fee, what other costs might be involved in Connections?
The costs you may incur will vary from company to company. Costs worth considering include travel, accommodation for your director at the Directors' Weekend, rehearsal and production costs for set, costume and venue hire. You will also have to fund your own travel to your Partner Theatre Festival. There will be advice on fundraising in your Connections Handbook should you make a successful application.
When will I find out which Partner Theatre I will be working with?
You will be informed which Partner Theatre you have been paired with by the end of October 2016.
Do I have to work with the Partner Theatre closest to me? I already have a relationship with another and would like to work with them.
Companies are actively encouraged to work with their closest Partner Theatre as we hope you will develop a relationship that will continue after Connections. The proximity of the Partner Theatre to the company will also have implications on costs and audience numbers during the transfer to the Partner Theatre Festival.
Is Connections a competition?
National Theatre Connections is not a formal competition, nor is it an assessment of ability. Connections is a festival of new plays, performed by young people at venues across the country. The range and variety of 250 different productions makes it impossible to determine ‘the best’ and the groups will be invited to perform at the NT Festival because they are brilliant productions of the playwrights work and because they represent the diversity of the groups taking part and the breadth of the whole programme. It is a showcase of the national spread and the diversity of groups taking part in Connections. The Connections companies chosen to perform at the NT Festival are selected by the Connections Directors, writers and the Connections team. One production of each play will be transferred to the festival at the National Theatre in London.
The National Theatre’s stages are demanding venues even for professional companies and we do look for certain characteristics in the productions we transfer. These include clarity and audibility, clear story-telling, conviction and energy in the cast, and pace. We don’t necessarily look for elaborate designs, but we do look for a good use of your performance space. We are interested in productions that have observed and realised the writer’s intentions for the play, as the NT Festival is also a showcase for the plays themselves. We are also interested in how groups respond to feedback from their Connections Director when transferring their play to the Partner Theatre Festival.
One of the most exciting parts of the Connections experience is the opportunity to take your performance to one of our Partner Theatres across the UK.