Connections, the largest youth theatre Festival in the UK, celebrates new writing for young people created by some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary playwrights. This year’s Festival at the National Theatre from 25 – 29 June sees performances by ten companies, chosen from over 270 school and youth theatre companies from all over the UK who have taken part this year. Young people are involved with all aspects of creating and staging the play and take on a variety of backstage and off-stage roles.

Festival schedule:

 Tuesday 25 June in the Dorfman Theatre


 7pm – Variations by Katie Hims performed by Outwood Academy Hemsworth (West Yorkshire)

8.30pm – Flesh by Rob Drummond performed by Rare Studio Liverpool

Wednesday 26 June in the Dorfman Theatre

 7pm – Class by Ben Bailey Smith & Lajaune Lincoln performed by Easy Street Theatre Company (Sheffield)

8.30pm – Stuff by Tom Wells performed by Bolingbroke Academy Theatre Company (Wandsworth, London)

Thursday 27 June in the Dorfman Theatre

 7pm – The Small Hours by Katherine Soper performed by Kildare Youth Theatre (County Kildare, Republic of Ireland)

8.30pm – terra / earth by Nell Leyshon & choreography by Anthony Missen performed by ACTS (Wolverhampton)

Friday 28 June in the Dorfman Theatre

 7pm – Salt by Dawn King performed by Dimensions Performance Academy (South Wales)

8.30pm – Chaos by Laura Lomas performed by Glasgow Acting Academy SCIO

Saturday 29 June in the Dorfman Theatre

 7pm – Ageless by Benjamin Kuffuor performed by Gulbenkian Youth Theatre (Canterbury)

8.30pm – The Sad Club by Luke Barnes & music by Adam Pleeth performed by Hall for Cornwall Youth Theatre (Truro, Cornwall)