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Connections 2024: Orchestra

by Charlie Josephine

On a plain cream background, a lilac circular shape is created from densely collaged sketches of musical instruments and notations, with 'ORCHESTRA' in large crimson letters over the top of the image.

Booking and details

8.30pm on Tuesday 25 June
This show has now ended

£5 for one performance
£8 when you book for Orchestra and Back in the Day by Yasmeen Khan in the same order

Performed by Porthcawl Comprehensive School

A youth orchestra practises during half term holidays in preparation for a concert.

Unexpected events cause them all to interrogate their relationship with success.

How do you protect the joy of the process whilst also wanting to be the best? Is striving for artistic excellence worth the pressure of losing soul?


Charlie Josephine is an actor and a writer, passionate about making work that centres working class women and queer people. In Summer 2022, their play I, Joan opened to great acclaim at Shakespeare’s Globe. Recent theatre work includes FLIES for Boundless Theatre, One Of Them Ones for Pentabus Theatre, and Birds And Bees for Theatre Centre. Their previous award-winning plays include Bitch Boxer and BLUSH‘ Charlie is currently preparing to co-direct their new play Cowbois which will open at the RSC in the autumn of 2023. They are also currently developing a new feature biopic with Salon Pictures. Charlie is an associate artist at the NSDF, and board trustee at Cardboard Citizens.


Content guidance:

  • Recommended for ages 13+
  • In one scene, there is a description of a character taking an overdose.


This performance will be Captioned


Connections 2024


The Mohn Westlake Foundation supports nationwide Learning programmes for young people.

Connections is supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation, Buffini Chao Foundation, The EBM Charitable Trust, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Katie Bradford Arts Trust, Susan Miller & Byron Grote, Mulberry Trust, Tuixen Foundation, The Peter Cundill Foundation, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Woodward Charitable Trust and The John Thaw Foundation.

Nationwide learning is supported by Buffini Chao Foundation, Clore Duffield Foundation, Tim & Sarah Bunting, MFPA Trust Fund for the Training of Disabled Children in the Arts, Behrens Foundation, Cleopatra Trust, and The Andor Charitable Trust.

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