A showcase of some of the most adventurous work by young people from the UK and abroad marks the launch of InterNational Connections. It features innovative productions created by young people in collaboration with the National. The second phase, beginning in the autumn, links the National with ten flagship theatres and a multitude of schools and youth theatres worldwide. Groups will be invited to produce one of 12 specially commissioned plays and musicals in their own venues, at regional festivals and at the National in July 2002.
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The Actor/The Bear Table/The Exam/Gold/Illyria/LadyChill,LadyWad,LadyLurve,LadyGod/Nuts/Olive/Starstone/Take Away/Team Spirit
Rehearsed Readings. Over the last year the National have been developing a portfolio of ten plays and a brand new musical for young performers from world class writers. They make up a varied repertoire of challenging and entertaining work. There are tales of mystery, Nordic mythology, miraculous healing, personal courage and unfulfilled promises, of quests for love and trust, and journeys through horror and self-doubt to hope and resolution. Settings include Germany's Thirty Year War, a forest in Finland, the Atlantic Ocean, Italy, Texas and Nazi-occupied Norway. There are surreal and magical fables, and plays with contemporary themes of abandonment, poor parenting, the burden of exams and religious obsession. Lyttelton Loft