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New Views Festival 2024

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Booking and details

4 — 5 July 2024
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The event location is

National Theatre

South Bank, London SE1 9PX

This event is fully booked.

 

New Views is the National Theatre’s nationwide in-school playwriting programme for students aged 14-19.

The New Views Festival consists of play readings, workshops and Archive tours. 

Thursday 4 July
Shortlisted plays readings – 11am and 5pm
Archive tours – 11am-1pm
Workshop: Devising New Beginnings – 11am
Winning plays readings – 2pm

Friday 5 July
Shortlisted plays readings – 10.30am
Archive tours – 11am-1pm
Workshop: Devising New Beginnings – 11am
Winning plays readings – 2pm

Full details of the Festival activities below.

Find out more about New Views.

Winning plays

The cast performing on the Oliver stage the winning play of New Views 2023

Photo by Emma Hare

Staged readings

Gorvy Rehearsal Room, National Theatre

Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July, 2-4.30pm

This year, two young writers have been selected as winners of New Views 2024. The winning plays House on Fire by Luke Fields (Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School, Northern Ireland), and Teulu by Emyr Strudwick (The College, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales) will be presented as staged readings in the Gorvy Rehearsal Room at the National Theatre.

House on Fire follows recently elected head boy and girl Stephen and Caitlin as they are called to the headteacher’s office. Following their contentious rise to power, the school has broken into a riot, and they must decide what to do next. This is a comedy with a sophisticated comment on politics of today. The reading of House on Fire will be directed by Emily Burns, Associate of the National Theatre.

Teulu takes us into the world of Owen, a teenage boy dealing with the grief of losing his mother, as he reconnects with his father, Wyn. Set in Wales, this play is an eloquent portrayal of community, family and leaning on those who love you. Teulu will be directed by Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre.

Both plays will be presented in a double-bill on Thursday and Friday, followed by a post-show discussion with the young writers and creative teams.

Suitability

Age guidance 14+

Content warnings
House on Fire – strong language.
Teulu – strong language, violence, alcohol use.

Access

A BSL interpreter will be interpreting during the performances.

Shortlisted plays

Rehearsed readings

Clore Learning Centre, National Theatre

Thursday 4 July

11am-12.45pm
Sweetness
by Mirabel Yeboah (Wanstead High School, Redbridge)
Broken Frames
by Paradise Isiodu (The Henrietta Barnett School, Barnet)

5-6.30pm
Tonight’s Interview with Claire Harvey
by Emma Levin (Highgate School, Haringey)
Invitation to Pantalone’s by Adeniola Adesanya (St Paul’s Academy, Greenwich)

Friday

10.30am-12.50pm
The Kids Are Smoking, Again
by Clay Colman (Exeter College, Devon)
The Journey
by Phoebe Land (Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, Kent)
Here To Help by Isobel Guyer (King’s Ely, Cambridgeshire)

The plays deal with a range of themes. For full details, please download the play synopses, content warnings and welfare support links (374KB).

Three actors reading forthe rehearsed readings of New Views 2023. One is stood, throwing a paper ball. The other two are sat down.

Photo by Emma Hare

Workshops

A group of people talking in a room

Photo by Corey Ryan

Devising New Beginnings

Clore Learning Centre, National Theatre

Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July, 11am-1pm

As part of this year’s New Views festival, we offer a devising and playwriting workshop designed to encourage young aspiring playwrights and performers to consider how devising can be used to kick start the playwriting process.

A physically engaging and interactive workshop, young people will be invited to express themselves through storytelling, developing teamwork and devising skills which can be taken forwards into future theatre and playwriting work.

Workshop produced by the 2024 Young Producers placements.

Only available to schools and youth groups.

Tours

Explore the National Theatre Archive

NT Studio, The Cut

Available at various times between 11am and 1pm on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July.

The National Theatre Archive tour gives you a chance to get hands-on with our history.

The tour includes an overview of what the Archive collects and what it does. There is also a chance to see our public research spaces and basement stores.

You will be taken around the Archive and will have the opportunity to take a closer look at some of the materials held there, guided by a member of our Archive team.

Only available to schools and youth groups.

Please note, these tours take place at the Archive located on The Cut, next to the Old Vic.

Rows of poster tubes sitting on top of red archive drawers labelled 'Olivier' and 'Lyttelton Posters'

Photo by James Bellorini

Winning New Views last year was an emotional and rewarding time that I feel so fortunate to have experienced. Returning this year as a judge, and watching several young writers be presented with the same opportunities that validated and inspired my passion for writing and theatre further, is another privileged experience at the National I won’t forget.

– Keira Grierson, New Views Winner 2023

Our funders

New Views is supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation, Buffini Chao Foundation, Old Possum’s Practical Trust, Kusuma Trust UK, Unwin Charitable Trust, Noël Coward Foundation, Chapman Charitable Trust and The Golsoncott Foundation

Audible is the Official Audio Partner of New Views.

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