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Connections Festival 2018

26 - 30 June

Connections Festival 2018

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

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. 

The productions have been perfomed in our professional partner theatres across the UK and we are looking forward to welcoming ten of these to the NT. 

This year 260 youth theatre companies and over 5,000 young people from every corner of the UK are producing a Connections play. 

Tickets on sale midday 25 May.

All performances will be captioned. 

 

You can buy the plays in this year's festival here

Connections 2018

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

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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

2018 Plays

[ BLANK ] by Alice Birch

A National Theatre/Clean Break co-commission

[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. 

Tickets on sale 25 May

[BLANK]

The Ceasefire Babies by Fiona Doyle

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.

Tickets on sale 25 May

Ceasefire Babies

The Blue Electric Wind by Brad Birch

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.

Tickets on sale 25 May

The Blue Electric Wind

The Changing Room by Chris Bush

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.

Tickets on sale 25 May

The Changing Room by Chris Bush

When They Go Low by Natalie Mitchell

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

Tickets on sale 25 May

When They Go Low by Natalie Mitchell

These Bridges by Phoebe Eclair-Powell

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. 

Tickets on sale 25 May

These Bridges by Phoebe Eclair-Powell

Dungeness by Chris Thompson

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.

Tickets on sale 25 May

Dungeness by Chris Thompson

Want by Barney Norris

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.

Tickets on sale 25 May

Want by Barney Norris

The Sweetness of a Sting by Chinonyerem Odimba

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. 

Tickets on sale 25 May

The Sweetness of a Sting by Chinonyerem Odimba

The Free 9 by In-Sook Chappell

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.

Tickets on sale 25 May

The Free 9 by In-Sook Chappell

Connections is supported by:

The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Buffini Chao Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Jacqueline and Richard Worswick, Mactaggart Third Fund, The EBM Charitable Trust, Samantha and Richard Campbell-Breeden, The Garvey Family Trust, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, Anthony P. Skyrme, The Derrill Allatt Foundation, Hays Travel Foundation, Faithorn Farrell Timms and supporters of the Connections Appeal

Buffini Chao Foundation    Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation    Delta Airlines