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Connections Festival 2018

26 - 30 June 2018
Running Time: all shows are 45 minutes

Connections Festival 2018

A week long celebratory festival of new writing performed by young people from across the UK.

All tickets are £5.

This year we have commissioned new plays from playwrights Alice Birch, Brad Birch, Chris Bush, In-Sook Chappell, Fiona Doyle, Phoebe Eclair-Powell, Natalie Mitchell, Barney Norris, Chinonyerem Odimba and Chris Thompson. 

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All performances are captioned. 

Connections 2018 | Interview with the Producer

We caught up with our Connections Producer, Holly Aston, to learn more about the festival.

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Holly Aston

The Plays performed as part of Connections 2018:

[ BLANK ] by Alice Birch

Performed by See&Eye Theatre, City and Islington College (London)

Tue 26 June, 7pm


[ BLANK ] is no traditional play, it’s a series of 60 scenes - some of which may feel connected, others less so - about adults and children impacted by the criminal justice system. It's about what life is like when adults feel absent from it. 

A National Theatre/Clean Break co-commission.

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These Bridges by Phoebe Eclair-Powell

Performed by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre (Chichester)

Thu 28 June, 8.30pm


When the Thames burst its banks, the North and the South became separated. Myths abound about ‘the other side’ - is it really better? Four sets of teenagers ignore the risks of the treacherous crossing to find out whether the other side is all it’s cracked up to be. 

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These Bridges by Phoebe Eclair-Powell

The Ceasefire Babies by Fiona Doyle

Performed by Yew Tree Youth Theatre (Wakefield)

Thu 28 June, 7pm


In a city still divided by a crumbling wall, siblings Mikey and Jamie no longer see eye to eye. There’s change in the air and not everyone’s ready for it. Jamie wants to reignite the old conflicts of her father and uncle but Mikey and their friends must decide to either take hold of their own destinies, or allow the ghosts of the past to dictate their futures.

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Ceasefire Babies

Dungeness by Chris Thompson

Performed by PACE Youth Theatre (Paisley, Scotland)

Sat 30 June, 8.30pm


The group must decide how they want to commemorate an attack that happened to people like them in a country far away. How do you take to the streets and protest if you’re not ready to tell the world who you are? If you’re invisible, does your voice still count? A play about love, commemoration and protest.

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Dungeness by Chris Thompson

The Blue Electric Wind by Brad Birch

Performed by Collision (Central Scotland)

Fri 29 June, 8.30pm


When people at school start forgetting things, Scott wonders if he’s the only one who’s noticed. It seems it’s only him and some of the school misfits who can see what is happening. Is it the weather? Is it a strange virus? They must join forces to try and work out what is causing everyone in town to lose all sense of who they are.

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The Blue Electric Wind

Want by Barney Norris

Performed by St. Brendan’s Sixth Form College (Bristol)

Wed 27 June, 7pm


Want tells the stories of a constellation of young people through a series of charged, longing exchanges. A cycle of characters try to decide what kind of life is waiting for them.

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Want by Barney Norris

The Changing Room by Chris Bush

Performed by Cornwall College (St Austell, Cornwall)

Tue 26 June, 8.30pm


Set in and around a swimming pool, it follows a group of teens full of excitement, impatience and uncertainty, each with their own secret worries and desires for what comes next.

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The Changing Room by Chris Bush

The Sweetness of a Sting by Chinonyerem Odimba

Performed by Haggerston School (Hackney, London)

Wed 27 June, 8.30pm


Badger’s parents decide they want to return to their home country, so he is confronted with the possibility of leaving everything he knows and becoming a visitor in a strange world. 


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When They Go Low by Natalie Mitchell

Performed by CAPA College (Wakefield)

Sat 30 June, 7pm


A play about everyday feminism and the changing face of teenage sexuality in an online world. When they go low, we go high.

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When They Go Low by Natalie Mitchell

The Free9 by In-Sook Chappell

Performed by TRANSMISSION, Jacksons Lane (London)

Fri 29 June, 7pm


Nine teenagers have fled North Korea and dream of their escape and a new life in the South. Their journey is far from over and with threats around every corner, perhaps the mysterious figure of The Big Brother can help them or is he the very person they’re running from.

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The Free 9 by In-Sook Chappell



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