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Take Part in Connections 2018

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Take Part in Connections 2018

Be part of the Connections in 2018

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.

We’re looking for 250 youth theatres and schools to stage ten fantastic plays especially commissioned by the National Theatre for Connections. We’ll provide you with 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.

Read and download the synopsis of the 2018 plays here

Review and complete the application form for 2018 here
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Key Dates for Connections 2018

10 July 2017 at 12 noon – Applications close

14 July 2017 – We let you know if you have a place

6 September 2017 – You will need to let us know your two top play choices

In mid-September 2017 – We will confirm which play you will be producing

13 –15 October 2017 – Directors’ Weekend at the National Theatre (attendance required)

December 2017 – You will need to submit the dates of your two required Home Performances

February 2018 – You need to provide company demographic information

February – April 2018 – Home Performances take place

Mid-March – mid-May 2018 – Partner Theatre Festivals

Late June / early July 2018 – National Theatre Festival

Connections is open to any company of young people aged 13-19. Whether you’re a school, youth theatre, voluntary organisation, are experienced or you’ve never staged a production before, your group can apply to be part of Connections.

Contact us

The Connections team is part of the NT Learning Department. We are:

Ros Terry

Adele Geddes
Assistant Producer

You can contact the Connections team on or 020 7452 3313

Connections is supported by:

The Buffini Chao Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Jacqueline and Richard Worswick, The EBM Charitable Trust, Samantha and Richard Campbell-Breeden, The Garvey Family Trust, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, Hays Travel Foundation, Faithorn Farrell Timms and supporters of the Connections Appeal

Buffini Chao Foundation    Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation    Delta Airlines