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Connections: Bedbug

by Snoo Wilson, Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt

30 June at 7pm
Running Time: 60 mins approx

Dorfman Theatre

£5.00 £5.00
£8 for both Connections shows on the same night

A musical based on Vladimir Mayakovsky's 1929 satire on the distrust of authority and the threat of the independent voice to the socialist system during a time of growing disillusion with the Soviet Union. Ivan Varlet is making a class change. As he prepares to marry his bourgeois bride, the former mechanic casts off his socialist acquaintances and re-invents himself as 'Ivor Violet'. Before he can embark on his new life, however, a fire at the wedding kills all the guests, and sees Ivan trapped in the ice cellar, frozen into a state of cryogenesis. Fifty years later, after the creation of a global socialist state following a world war, Ivan is unfrozen into an unrecognisable Russia.

Age Guidance 15 + 

Performed by Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School

Connections 500 Festival

The National Theatre’s Connections festival celebrates the talent and passion of young theatre-makers.

This year we mark the 21st anniversary of Connections. 500 youth theatre companies and 10,000 young people from every corner of the UK, working with 45 partner theatres, have performed twelve outstanding plays drawn from the 150 plus commissioned by the NT since the festival began.

The result is an unforgettable feast of theatre made by and for young people.

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Tuesday 28 June
What Are They Like? by Lucinda Coxon , performed by The Barbara Priestman Academy, 7pm Dorfman Theatre
Blackout by Davey Anderson, performed by Take Part, 8.30pm Dorfman Theatre

Wednesday 29 June
Take Away by Jackie Kay, performed by ACTS, 7pm Dorfman Theatre
The Musicians by Patrick Marber, performed by Hall for Cornwall Youth Theatre, 8.30pm Dorfman Theatre

Thursday 30 June
Bedbug by Snoo Wilson, Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt, performed by Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School, 7pm Dorfman Theatre
Bassett by James Graham, performed by the Peploe-Williams Academy, 8.30pm Dorfman Theatre

Friday 1 July
Eclipse by Simon Armitage, performed by Oldham Theatre Workshop,  7pm Dorfman Theatre
It Snows by Bryony Lavery, Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, performed by Ilex Theatre, 8.30pm Dorfman Theatre

Saturday 2 July
Citizenship by Mark Ravenhill, performed by Hove Park School, 7pm Dorfman Theatre
I'm Spilling My Heart Out Here by Stacey Gregg, performed by The Young Pretenders Theatre Company, 8.30pm Dorfman Theatre

Monday 4 July
Children of Killers by Katori Hall, performed by See & Eye Theatre, 7pm Olivier Theatre
Gargantua by Carl Grose, performed by Redbridge Youth Theatre Workshop, 8.30pm Olivier Theatre

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