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.