Connections is the National Theatre’s annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools. It gives young people experience of professional theatre-making.
Their experience mirrors that of a company producing a new play in any theatre in the country. They create marketing campaigns, design sets and costumes, operate lighting and soundboards, and stage-manage their performances. 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.
For the fourth year in a row, Aberystwyth Arts Centre will play host to the NT Connections Festival on Saturday 4th May.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s Home performances will be on the 12th and 13th of April at 7:45pm.
5:30pm The Sad Club by Luke Barnes & music by Adam Pleeth performed by Aberconwy
6:35pm Stuff by Tom Wells performed by Aberystwyth Arts Centre Youth Theatre
7:50pm Chaos by Laura Lomas performed by Church Stretton School
THE SAD CLUB By Luke Barnes With Music By Adam Pleeth
This is a musical about depression and anxiety. It’s a collection of monologues, songs and duologues from all over time and space exploring what about living in this world stops us from being happy and how we might go about tackling those problems.
STUFF by Tom Wells
Vinny's organising a surprise birthday party for his mate, Anita. It's not going well: his choice of venue is a
bit misguided, Anita's not keen on leaving the house, and everyone else has their own stuff going on.
Maybe a surprise party wasn’t the best idea? A play about trying (but not really managing) to help
CHAOS by Laura Lomas
A girl is locked in a room. A boy brings another boy flowers. A girl has tied herself to a railing. A boy doesn’t
know who he is. A girl worries about impending catastrophe. A woman jumps in front of a train. A boy’s
heart falls out his chest. A butterfly has a broken wing.
Chaos is a symphony of dislocated and interconnected scenes. A series of characters search for meaning
in a complicated and unstable world. Bouncing through physics, the cosmos, love and violence, they find
order in the disorder of each other.