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Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

1. Application & payment

1.1    The deadline for applications to participate in the Cycle is 9 July 2018 at 12noon.

1.2    Once your Company has been accepted onto the Cycle, you can pay the Fee in two ways:
a) A one off payment of £500, date tbc or
b) Two instalments: £250 when accepted onto the Cycle with dates tbc. The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. Please note there is an additional fee of £100 for any Company bringing a second director to attend the Directors’ Weekend, this sum is payable before the Directors' Weekend.

1.3    The NT will accept a maximum of 250 UK-based applications for Connections 2019.

1.4    If the NT receives more than 250 applications, it will select companies to ensure a balance of participating groups by age range, type of group and geography, and between those who are new to Connections and those who have taken part before. It will also consider how Companies intend to involve young people in backstage and off-stage roles. The allocation of places is at the National Theatre's discretion, and the NT's decision is final.

1.5    Connections companies will consist of young people aged between 13 and 19 years old.

1.6    You must provide one main Company Contact, through whom all communication will be sent.

1.7    All Companies who apply will be notified about whether their application has been successful by 13 July 2018.

1.8    Successful Companies will be sent further information upon receipt of payment, and a log-in to the Connections Community, a secure online community containing Connections resources.

2. Scripts

2.1    Scripts will be available to download from the Connections Community as soon as you have been accepted on Connections 2019.This access is for your Company only. The Scripts may only be copied for use by the Company and must not be passed on to any other person or organisation. A Survey Monkey online form will be available for you to select your two preferred Scripts. This must be completed and returned to the NT no later than 14 September 2018. The NT will confirm your Script allocation with your Company Contact by mid-September 2018.

2.2    Companies will be selected to perform each Script to ensure variety at Partner Theatre festivals. The NT will do everything possible to ensure you receive one of your preferences; however there may be some instances this is not possible.

2.3    The NT strongly encourages each Company not to start rehearsing their Script until after the Directors' Weekend as the Weekend will assist in making artistic decisions in line with the writer's intentions for the piece.

2.4    If, as a result of conversations at the Directors' Weekend, a new version of the Script becomes available, this will be emailed to the Company Contact.

3. Child Licensing

Where required by the local authorities of all of the young people in your Connections company, the Connections Director is responsible for obtaining all necessary licenses for company members taking part in both your Home Performances and Partner Theatre Festival performance.

4. Directors' Weekend, 12 – 14 October 2018

4.1    Attendance at the Directors' Weekend is compulsory for your Company's Director. If your Company's Director fails to attend the Directors' Weekend the NT may, at its discretion, terminate the Company's involvement in Connections 2019. In such circumstances, no refund shall be paid.

4.2    If you would like a second Director to attend the Weekend and we are able to accommodate this there is an additional fee of £100 which must be paid before the Directors' Weekend.

4.3    Each Company will arrange and pay for travel and accommodation for their Director to attend the Directors’ Weekend.

5. Home Performances

5.1    Involvement in Connections 2019 entitles your Company to the performance rights of your selected Script for up to five performances at your school or youth theatre in February - April 2019. Your Production cannot be performed for any purpose outside of the Connections 2019 Cycle.

5.2    Your organisation will be responsible for the costs incurred when staging your Production.

5.3    Each Company will specify its choice of Home Performance dates. The NT must be notified of the Company's performance dates by early December 2018 to allow the NT good time to arrange a Connections Director to attend your Production. If a Connections Director cannot attend your selected Production date, a suitable alternative date will be sought. If the NT has not received your Production dates by the deadline in early December 2018 it may not be possible for a Connections Director to attend your Production.

5.4    Your Company Contact will receive Development Notes approximately ten days after your Production.

6. Partner Theatre Festivals

6.1    The NT will allocate the Company to a Partner Theatre, the allocation of Partner Theatres is at the NT's discretion and the NT's decision is final.

6.2    The NT and the Partner Theatres will endeavour to enable all Companies to perform once at a Partner Theatre festival.

6.3    If a Connections Director has not attended the Company's Home Performance due to late notification of dates, it will not be possible to transfer to the Partner Theatre festival.

6.4    If it is not possible for your Company to perform due to theatre scheduling or other restrictions, the NT will discuss alternative options with your Company Contact.

6.5    If performing at a Partner Theatre festival, you must adhere to all guidelines, health and safety and other policies requested by the theatre and theatre manager.

6.6    You will be responsible for coordinating travel arrangements and covering all costs incurred when performing at your Partner Theatre festival.

7. National Theatre Festival

7.1    The NT festival will take place in June / July 2019.

7.2    The National Theatre will select one Production of each Script to be performed as part of the festival, chosen to represent an overall picture of the talented young people involved. You will be notified directly if your Company has been selected to perform by early June 2019. The NT will confirm which Companies are invited to take part after the Partner Theatre Festivals season. The decision is at the National Theatre's discretion, and the NT's decision is final. Companies will be informed of the Companies selected to perform at the NT prior to the public announcement.

7.3    The NT will liaise directly with your Company Contact to discuss possible financial arrangements for the transfer of your production to the NT.

8. International Companies

If your Company is based outside the UK or Ireland, it will not be possible to provide you with a Connections Directors visit to your Home Performance, Development Notes or the opportunity to perform at a Partner Theatre Festival.

9. Credits and Publicity

9.1 Any reference or promotion of your Production, the Script, the NT, Connections, and any sponsors of Connections must be accredited correctly. Please liaise with the NT if you are unsure of the relevant guidelines at any time. Guidelines will be provided in the Company Handbook. All publicity materials (including digital) must be approved by the NT before use.

9.2    You shall notify the NT's press office in good time prior to giving to the media any interview or press release with any reference to the NT, the Production or any other part of the Cycle.

9.3    If requested by the NT, you shall allow the NT access to your Production for the purpose of photography or filming.

9.4    The NT shall have the right to authorise the televising or sound broadcasting of any Production during the Connections 2019 Cycle for the purposes of publicity or promotion, provided that no such excerpts shall exceed five minutes' total running time.

9.5    The National shall have the right to take photos and make an audio-visual recording of any Production during the Connections 2019 Cycle for archive purpose.

10. Data Protection

The NT will collect, use, store and disclose your personal details in accordance with our Privacy Policy. The Privacy Policy is accessed from the Theatre's website homepage.

11. National Theatre Terms and Conditions

By applying to take part in Connections you agree to these terms and conditions and also to the National Theatre's general terms and conditions which can be found here:

Terms and Conditions of National Theatre

Download a copy of the Terms and Conditions of National Theatre Connections




Company The group of young people aged 13 - 19 years old who will perform the chosen Script. The Company can be formed from a youth theatre, school or youth group.

Company Contact This is the main point of contact for your Company that NT will communicate with during the Cycle. This individual must be over 18 years old and must be responsible for payment and registration. The Company Contact does not have to be the Director.

Connections Director The NT representative who will attend a performance of your Production at your Home Performance venue - in your school or theatre - and work with your Company at the Partner Theatre.

Cycle The Connections 2019 Cycle which commences on 2 April 2018 and culminates with a festival at NT in June/July 2019. See these NT website pages for the full timeline

Development Notes This is the report the Connections Director writes after attending your Production. The report will contain comments and feedback on areas of your Production that could be developed before performing at your Partner Theatre.

Director The person responsible for the Company, needs to be over 18 years old.

Directors’ Weekend A weekend that takes place between 12 October 2018 and 14 October 2018 at NT, NT Studio and rehearsal spaces on the South Bank in London. It is compulsory for all Directors to attend and Directors will workshop their chosen Script during the weekend.

Fee A fee of £500 per Company which is required to participate in the Cycle.

Home Performances The performance(s) of your Script at your school, theatre or Home Performance venue. Home Performances must take place between February and April 2019.

NT The Royal National Theatre, a registered charity (no: 224223) and registered company limited by guarantee in England (no: 749504) with its registered office at Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX.

Partner Theatre The professional theatre venues throughout the UK and Ireland where you will have the chance to perform your Production.

Production Your Company’s production of your selected Script.

Scripts The ten scripts commissioned by NT. Companies select one Script to perform during the Cycle.

Contact us

The Connections team is part of the NT Learning Department. 

Holly Aston

Adele Geddes
Assistant Producer

You can contact the Connections team on or 020 7452 3313

Connections is supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Buffini Chao Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Jacqueline and Richard Worswick, The Peter Cundill Foundation, Mactaggart Third Fund, The EBM Charitable Trust, Samantha and Richard Campbell-Breeden, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, The Broughton Family Charitable Trust and The Derrill Allatt Foundation

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

 Buffini Chao Foundation    Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation    Delta Airlines