Tickets  are available for any students over the age of 14 who wish to see shows from Youth Theatres around the region and who would like to be a part of the National Connections Festival at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. 

The tickets are available to be picked up from the box office on Thursday and Friday at 7pm. Tickets can be collected from the Box Office, shows are this week at 7pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Connections is the National Theatre’s annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools. The 2016 Connections cycle will involve:

  • 12 Writers
  • 500 Youth Theatre Companies
  • 10,000 Young People
  • 1200 Performances
  • 41 Partner Theatres
  • 40,000 Audience Members

Connections began 20 years ago when teachers and directors told us that they wanted exciting and challenging new plays for young actors. Since then the NT has commissioned and published more than 150 plays for Connections, giving young people aged 13-19 across the UK and Ireland access to the very best new writing for theatre.

Connections gives young people experience of professional theatre-making. Their experience mirrors that of a company producing a new play in any theatre in the country. They create marketing campaigns, design sets and costumes, operate lighting and sound boards, stage-manage their performances. In 2016, each company will experience performing in a leading regional theatre, at one of the Connections festivals around the country.

Each year the Connections team travels the length and breadth of the country to support and encourage the participants – the drama teachers and youth theatre directors who take on the challenge of staging a new play, and the young theatre companies. Each year we are thrilled by the skill, creativity, commitment and passion that go into each production, often on a shoestring budget and a rehearsal schedule carved out around school commitments