Can international companies take part?
International companies will be able to attend the Directors' Weekend, but will not automatically receive a visit from a Connections Director, development notes or the opportunity to perform at a Partner Theatre Festival. If you would like a Connections Director to attend and are able to finance their trip yourself, then we are happy to organise and administrate this. If possible, we will also try to accommodate your company at a Partner Theatre Festival, but priority will go to UK companies. The fee for international companies is still the same as for UK companies.
Other than the fee, what other costs are involved?
The costs incurred will vary from company to company. These could include travel, accommodation, rehearsal and production costs and venue hire. There is advice on fundraising in your Connections Handbook.
Which Partner Theatre will I be working with?
We will let you know by mid-October.
We encourage companies to work with their closest Partner Theatre as we hope you will develop a relationship that will continue after Connections. The proximity will also have implications on costs and audience numbers during the transfer to the Partner Theatre Festival.
Is Connections a competition?
It is not a formal competition or an assessment of ability.
Connections is a showcase of the national spread and the diversity of groups taking part. The companies chosen to perform at the NT Festival are selected by the Connections team, directors and writers. One production of each play will be transferred to the National Theatre festival in London.
We do look for clarity and audibility, clear story-telling, conviction and energy in the cast, and pace. We like to see productions that have observed and realised the writer’s intentions for the play, as the NT Festival is also a showcase for the plays themselves. We are also interested in how groups respond to feedback from the Connections Director when transferring their play to the Partner Theatre Festival.
Can I enter two or more groups?
We will accept more than one application from the same company, however we won't necessarily select both applications.