National Theatre Connections at three venues in SW

BATH Theatre Royal, Bristol Old Vic and Plymouth Theatre Royal are once again welcoming participants in the National Theatre Con­n­ec­tions youth theatre festival in 2019.

Youth groups from all around the UK take part in the festival, and a handful of the productions are then invited to the National Theatre for performance in the summer.

The festival commissions plays from writers – this year Class by Ben Bailey and Lajaune Lincoln, The Sad Club by Luke Barnes, (music by Adam Pleeth), Flesh by Rob Drummond, Variations by Katie Hims, Salt by Dawn King, Ageless by Benjamin Kuffuor, terra/earth by Nell Leyshon, (chor­e­ography by Anthony Missen), Chaos by Laura Lomas, The Small Hours by Katherine Soper and Stuff by Tom Wells. The groups choose their plays and can perform them as they wish.

The Bristol Old Vic performances, in the newly-created Weston Studio, will be on 2nd, 3rd and 5th April.

The participants are Tobacco Factory Theatres YTM, performing Chaos, directed by Julia Head, Warminster School in Variations, Alumni from St Mary Redcliffe and Temple schools in Bristol,      performing Stuff, Ignite from St Gregory’s College in Bath  performing The Sad Club, and Boomsatsuma (a local organisation created to deliver arts and creative opportunities for children and young people in the West of England) performing Flesh.
The egg at Bath Theatre Royal is the venue for the Festival’s stop in the city.

The participants are The Bourne Academy performing Chaos,  Cheltenham Youth Theatre in Flesh, King’s Theatre Company in Salt, In Yer Face Productions  in Chaos, St Mary’s Calne in Flesh, Perfect Circle in The Sad Club, Newbury Youth Theatre in Flesh, St Gabriel’s School in terra/earth,
Sherborne School for Girls in Stuff, The Chantry School in Variations, Sundial Theatre in The Small Hours, New College Swindon in Chaos and Christopher Whitehead Language College and Sixth Form in Stuff.

From 7th to 11th May the NT Connections festival is at Plym­outh Theatre Royal, where the Acorn Young People’s Theatre will perform Ageless, Atlantic Coast Theatre has chosen terra/ earth, Dor­chester Youth Theatre performs Chaos, Hall For Corn­wall Youth Theatre performs The Sad Club, Kingsley Bideford Community Theatre Company performs Ageless, Pike and Musket performs Flesh, St Ives School Youth Theatre performs Salt The Plough Youth Theatre Seniors perform Flesh, Westfield Arts College performs Variations and Young and Unique @ CCC also performs Variations.

For more details of timings, contact the venues or visit their websites.