The National Theatre runs a national event every year where they commission 10 professional playrights to create new plays which are specific for young actors. Schools and theatres apply to be part of the project and then choose one of the plays to produce.
It is a fantastic opportunity to work on a brand new piece of writing with all the challenges and excitement this produces. The show is performed at school, and then it is transferred to a professional venue. For us this has been the Lowry in Manchester. The plays are often incredibly diverse and it really challenges the company in terms of explaining the world and our society around us.
The National Connections plays are as follows:
- Status update - 2017
- The Changing Room - 2018
- Salt - 2019
- Tuesday - 2020