1. Application & payment
1.1 The deadline for applications to participate in the Cycle is 10 July 2017 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 by 31 July 2017 or
b) Two instalments: £250 when accepted onto the Cycle and before 31 July 2017, and £250 by 15 September 2017. 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 2018.
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 14 July 2017.
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.
2.1 Scripts will be available to download from the Connections Community as soon as you have been accepted on Connections 2018.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 6 September 2017. The NT will confirm your Script allocation with your Company Contact by the end September 2017.
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, 13 – 15 October 2017
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 2018. 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 2018 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 2018. Your Production cannot be performed for any purpose outside of the Connections 2018 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 2017 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 2017 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.