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Be part of Connections 500


In 2016 Connections turns 21 and as part of the anniversary celebrations we have created a digital memory bank to collect and share current and past participants’ and audiences’ stories. If you have taken part in or seen a Connections production since 1995, please share your personal stories, experiences, photos and films with us here:

Connections 500 is supported by: Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation,Jacqueline and Richard Worswick, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, and supporters of the Connections Appeal.


The National Theatre’s Connections Festival is looking for 250 youth theatres and schools to stage 10 fantastic newly commissioned plays for young people. We'll provide you with all the support you'll need and the chance to stage your play in one of our partner theatres across the UK.

Connections develops young people’s skills in acting, technical and stage management, creates exciting productions of leading playwrights’ work, and involves leading UK theatres as festival venues.

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

Connections aims to:

  • Inspire 13 - 19 year olds with high quality new playwriting
  • Give companies the knowledge, skills and confidence to bring the plays to life
  • Encourage young people to get involved in all aspects of theatre-making
  • Celebrate young people's talent

We hope you'll join the National Theatre for the 2017 Connections festival.

Key Dates for Connections 2017

23 May 2016 - Applications open for Connections 2017

8 July 2016 - Applications close

15 July 2016 - We let you know if you have a place

Early September 2016 - We will confirm which play you will be producing

October 2016 (dates TBC) - Directors Weekend at the National Theatre (attendance required)

February - March 2017 - Home Performances take place

Mid-March - mid-May 2017 - Partner Theatre Festivals

Late June / early July 2017 - National Theatre Festival

Visit the Connections website to find out more.