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Connections is the National Theatre’s annual showcase of new plays for youth theatres and schools. It gives young people a chance to perform in a local, professional theatre as part of a nationwide festival.

This year the Playhouse is honoured to once again be an NT Connections Partner Theatre. Join us in celebrating the skills and achievements of the next generation of theatre-makers.

Click here to view our programme for NT Connections Festival

Tuesday 24 April

Ceasefire Babies
By Fiona Doyle

The Castleford Academy company consists of 18 talented and committed BTEC Performing Arts students who all have a passion for theatre and have committed to the gruelling rehearsal schedule. They are excited to debut their interpretation of Ceasefire Babies to a public audience in a large scale venue (for some, this is their first time performing outside of a classroom!)

Wednesday 25 April

The Changing Rooms
By Chris Bush

The 1812 Youth Theatre is based at Helmsley Arts Centre in North Yorkshire and this year, there is a cast of fifteen 13-15 year olds. We started weekly rehearsals in January, to create a fun performance, with direction from Natasha Jones and Florrie Stockbridge. We are really looking forward to bringing the show to the Playhouse and to meeting other NT Connections teams!

These Bridges
By Phoebe Eclair-Powell

Let’s Act Williams are very close as a group and work hard together as a team to ensure their performances are amazing. Over the journey, they have rekindled their relationships within each of the different group dynamics to ensure that they have given a strong united performance. We hope you enjoy their version of These Bridges.

Thursday 26 April

by Barney Norris

Scarborough Sixth Form College is taking part for the second year running. This time, it is entirely student led! Alfie Howle has taken on the role of director and is excited to share his knowledge and experience of previous NT Connections projects. A great experience for all of them!

Ceasefire Babies
By Fiona Doyle

For over 20 years, Wakefield based Yew Tree Youth Theatre has had an overriding aim to build confidence and self-esteem. We welcome all young people regardless of ability or previous experience. The performances we stage are only a small element of our Youth Theatre activity, however NT Connections has been a highlight of our programme for over a decade.

Friday 27 April

When They Go Low
By Natalie Mitchell

CAPA College have delved into the play as the #metoo campaigns have escalated, reflecting what the characters are encountering for the first time. Challenges have come from disagreeing with some of the characters’ prejudices rather than the physicality of the roles. Our rehearsals have been just as much about putting on an energetic production as it has been about keeping discussions on gender alive.

The Blue Electric Wind
By Brad Birch

Calderdale Theatre School Connections Company is a group of actors from Calderdale Theatre School who elected to do NT Connections alongside their usual Saturday theatre workshops and rehearsals. They are between 15 and 18 years old and come from all over Halifax, Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas.

Saturday 28 April

By Alice Birch

The Playhouse Young Company consists of young people aged 14-19 from across a range of projects run by the Playhouse’s Creative Engagement department. The company consists of 25 performers supported by a tech team from Leeds City College. We work as an ensemble even down to collectively choosing the scenes you will see performed tonight: Let the chaos commence!

When They Go Low
By Natalie Mitchell

The Playhouse Youth Outreach company is proud to present When They Go Low. Our company is a brand new collective of young people from across the city; we have been working together for the past three months. Some company members have experience in performance, for other members it is their first time performing and be being part of a creative process.

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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A Signed performance is the usual full production with the addition of a British Sign Language Interpreter who stands on the stage interpreting the show for Deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.

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