Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK’s most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow.

300 youth theatre companies and over 6,000 young people from every corner of the UK take part and produce a Connections play each year. This year the programme has been adapted to be as flexible as possible, responding to the restrictions in place due to Covid-19.

This year’s festival is set to be a vibrant whole-building, in-person take-over.

Seven companies of young people will tread the boards of Nottingham Playhouse’s main stage, with many activities and sessions to get involved in. With a fun photo booth, Q&As with industry professionals, workshops, poster walls, pop-up stages, professional headshots/photographs and chill out spaces, this is set to be our most exciting festival yet. What better way to celebrate the power of live theatre?

See the schedule below for the full details of who is performing on each evening…

Mon 4 Apr, 6pm

  • Carlton Academy present ‘Superglue’ by Tim Crouch
  • Nottingham Emmanuel School present ‘Find a Partner!’ by Miriam Battye “

Tue 5 Apr, 4pm (Neville Studio) 

  • Grantham College Theatre Group present ‘Chat back’ by David Judge

Tue 5 Apr, 6pm (Theatre)

  • Duckegg Theatre Lincolnshire and North Nottinghamshire present ‘Like there’s No Tomorrow’ by the Belgrade Young Company with Justine Themen, Claire Procter and Liz Mytton and Kevesten
  • Grantham Girls’ School present ‘The Ramayana Reset’ by Ayeesha Menon

Wed 6 Apr, 6pm

  • Nottingham Playhouse Connections Company present ‘The Ramayana Reset’ by Ayeesha Menon
  • Bilborough College present ‘Variations’ by Katie Hims

COVID Guarantee

We’re so pleased to be welcoming audiences back to the venue but would like to reassure you that, should your booking be affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, you will be offered a refund, account credit or a ticket exchange (where available), giving you peace of mind when you book.