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National Theatre's New Connections (Play) archive [PLAY]


National Theatre's New Connections archiveEvery year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays by talented and exciting writers, which are then produced by young people from all around the country.

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Archive listings for National Theatre's New Connections

Work type: Play.


New plays by Anthony Horowitz, Lisa McGee, Anthony Neilson, Nick Drake and Georgia Fitch will be performed by schools from the region. The young people gain support and expertise from a National Theatre director whilst working on their production. They then get the opportunity to perform the piece at West Yorkshire Playhouse. One production of each play is then selected to be showcased at the National Theatre’s festival of new writing for young people. The Playhouse is just one of fifteen regional showcases across the country. NEW CONNECTIONS is one of the world’s largest celebrations of youth theatre.
21 May 09 to 23 May 09Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds :: V977
listing details L028380241

Success - T309932396

Funny, fast and fantastical! ‘Success’ is a modern take on ‘The Rake’s Progress’. A love story set amongst the greed and excess of London, a morality tale for our city and our times.Company South West Youth Theatre. Director Nicola Sanderson. Director Kelly Philpott.
21 Mar 09 to 22 Mar 09Tara Theatre, Outer London :: V292
listing details L02088137888

Heartbreak Beautiful - T01607374861

Company Imaginary Theatre Company.
19 Mar 09 to 20 Mar 09General, General :: V1270
listing details L1149157729
17 Mar 09 to 18 Mar 09Churchill Theatre, Bromley :: V302
listing details L606164955

Success - T0338107564

It’s boom time in the City and Tom Rakewell is determined to make his first million by the time he is 21. He has everything going for him: a great job, the looks, the charm, a whole load of friends, a case full of money, and the girl. With the champagne flowing, money growing on trees and the good times still rolling, what could possibly go wrong? Inspired by Hogarth’s The Rake’s Progress, Success is a brand new play by Nick Drake, commissioned by the National Theatre for New Connections.Company Herts County Youth Theatre. Author Nick Drake. Director James Williams. Design Michaela Kemp.
13 Mar 09 to 14 Mar 09Watford Palace Theatre, Watford :: V55
listing details L491805238


New Connections commissions new plays for and about young people from some of the best contemporary playwrights, for performance by schools and youth theatres from all over the UK and Ireland, both in their home venues and at 15 regional partnership theatres. The NT Festival showcases an example of each play. This year the National Theatre announced a new partnership with Bank of America as supporters of the programme. For the first time New Connections embraces two physical theatre pieces: It Snows by Frantic Assembly and Bryony Lavery, and Anna Furse’s puppet play The Peach Child. The 2008 portfolio also includes plays by Moira Buffini, Abi Morgan, Mark Ravenhill, Peter Tabern, Jack Thorne, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Nigel Williams and Nicholas Wright. The search for identity is a recurrent theme: for acceptance and survival in modern Britain, for racial equality in 1960s South Africa, by deception in magical allotments, during white-out in a snow blizzard, through parenting, through faith, or by comic mistakes of social networking. Bank of America’s support is also enabling the programme to involve young people outside mainstream education, such as those with special needs or young people at risk. Alongside the main Festival will run THEATRE OF DEBATE: four new plays created by young people from around the UK, telling stories from the front line of their own experience; followed by a debate driven by those working closely with teens of today. New Connections is supported by Bank of America.
3 Jul 08 to 8 Jul 08National Theatre, West End :: V400
listing details L0139665392
23 Jun 08 to 26 Jun 08Brighton Dome, Brighton :: V655
listing details L0331843731


A season of red-hot new plays... a new-writing programme which sets young imaginations on fire. Slip on your sneakers and feel the heat at the world’s largest youth theatre festival. A Vampire Story by Moira Buffini, Arden City by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Burying Your Brother in the Pavement by Jack Thorne, Fugee by Abi Morgan, He’s Talking by Nicholas Wright, It Snows by Bryony Lavery and Frantic Assembly, My Face by Nigel Williams, Scenes from Family Life by Mark Ravenhill, The Book of Everything by Peter Tabern, based on the novel by Guus Kuijer, The Peach Child by Anna Furse.Producer Arcola Theatre. Producer National Theatre.
2 Jun 08 to 7 Jun 08Arcola, Inner London :: V1422226940
listing details L1615944088

Other listings

1 Jul 09 to 7 Jul 09Olivier (National Theatre), West End :: V373
listing details L770112578

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