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National Theatre Connections 2021

Connections is the National Theatre’s nationwide youth theatre festival. Each year it offers a unique opportunity for youth theatres and school theatre groups to stage new plays written for young people by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights, and to perform in leading theatres across the UK.

This year, National Theatre will work with 300 youth theatres and schools to stage ten fantastic plays especially commissioned by the National Theatre for Connections. They will provide all the support you’ll need and you’ll have the chance to stage your play in one of our leading partner theatres across the UK.

Connections 2021 will involve talented young people from right across the UK, and inspire and entertain audiences with plays for and about young people that are current, challenging and resonant. This year National Theatre are adapting the Connections programme to be as flexible as possible, and to respond to the restrictions in place due to Covid-19.

Applications for Connections 2021 are open and close at midday on Friday 2nd October. Click here to apply.

There are 300 places available in the 2021 Connections cycle. Every year they are significantly over-subscribed with applications and their policy is to prioritise state schools and youth theatre groups, in order to reach young people who may not have previously had much opportunity to see, make and take part in theatre. Where independent schools can demonstrate in their application that they are partnering with other state schools in their area in a meaningful way, they will take this into consideration.