National Theatre Connections

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.

Click here for a link to three online courses available to young people.
Applications for the writing course are open now and close on 25th October:
This year there are fewer places available on the Young People’s Programme, and so National Theatre are furthering their commitment to diversity and access by concentrating recruitment in three areas that they recognise have been most affected by the events of this year: young people of colour, young people from working class backgrounds and young people with disabilities.  If you have any questions about the application process or access needs please email


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