Connections is the National Theatre’s nationwide youth theatre festival.

Each year it offers a unique opportunity for youth theatres and school theatre groups to stage new plays written for young people by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights, and to perform in leading theatres across the UK. C.A.T.S, Cast Youth Theatre, Delante Detras Theatre Company, Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy, Lincoln Young Company, Ridgewood School and South Hunsley School will stage new plays written for young people by some of the UK’s most exciting playwrights. Grab your festival pass to watch the latest new writing for young people, workshops and masterclasses for students and teachers alike.


Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 April


£2.50 for workshops

£5 for performances

£8 for a Gold Pass which gives you access all areas to all performances and workshops too!

All performers will receive a FREE Gold Pass which will grant access all areas. Please contact your group leader to redeem your pass.

Festival Line Up

(click here to book for events)
Wednesday 18 April
Performing Text Workshop  3.35pm - 4.20pm Drama Space
Musical Theatre Singing Workshop  3.30pm - 4.15pm Meeting Space
Physical Theatre Workshop  4.15pm - 5.30pm Meeting Space
Improvisation Workshop  4.30pm - 5.15pm Drama Space
The Changing Room performed by Cast Stagelights & Want performed by Lincoln Young Company 7pm Main Space
Thursday 19 April
Improvisation Workshop  3.30pm - 4.30pm Drama Space
Physical Theatre Workshop  3.30pm - 4.30pm Meeting Space
Performing Text Workshop  5pm - 6pm Drama Space
Physical Theatre Workshop  5pm - 6pm Dance Space
Improvisation Workshop  6pm - 6.45pm Drama Space
The Free 9 performed by South Hunsley School & The Blue Electric Wind performed by Ridgewood School 7pm Main Space
When They Go Low performed by CATS & Dungeness Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy 7.15pm Second Space

Here's what you can expect (video from 2017 festival)

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