Connections is the National Theatre’s nationwide youth theatre festival. Each year it offers a unique opportunity for youth theatres and school theatre groups to stage new plays written for young people by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights, and to perform in leading theatres across the UK.
This year we will work with 300 youth theatres and schools to stage ten fantastic plays especially commissioned by the National Theatre for Connections. We’ll provide all the support you’ll need and you’ll have the chance to stage your play in one of our leading partner theatres across the UK.
Applications for Connections 2022 are now open and will close at midday on Wednesday 1st September 2021.
Once we have approved your application we will let you know if you have a place by early September.
When you are given a place we will share the ten play scripts to begin reading.
Shortly afterwards you will also be issued with an invoice for your participation in Connections
We will ask you to choose two plays you would be happy to work on, and we will then confirm which you have been allocated. We ask for two choices because we need to ensure an even spread of plays at each Partner Theatre Festival.
We host a weekend of workshops for the 300 directors of each Connections shows. Over the course of the weekend everyone will spend time working with the writer of their play alongside the other directors who are doing that script. You will also have the chance to take part in other workshops and theatre skills sessions.
This year the Directors’ Weekend will be a mixture of digital and in person activity and run from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 October. The Directors' Weekend is a compulsory part of the Connections process, and we ask that everyone attends the writer's session on Saturday 23 October You are welcome to come sign up for any of the additional workshops across the week, and can also bring additional directors subject to availability.