Connections 2017

Please note that applications for Connections 2017 have now closed.

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.

We’re looking for 250 youth theatres and schools to stage ten fantastic plays, specially commissioned by the National Theatre for Connections. We’ll provide you with all the support you’ll need and you’ll have the chance to stage your play at a Connections Festival at one of our Partner Theatres across the UK.

Connections is open to any company of young people aged 13-19. Whether you’re a school, youth theatre, voluntary organisation, are experienced theatre-makers or you’ve never staged a production before, your group can apply to be part of Connections.

Key Dates for Connections 2017

7 September 2016 – You will need to let us know your two top play choices

Mid-September 2016 – We will confirm which play you will be producing

7 – 9 October 2016 – Directors’ Weekend at the National Theatre (attendance required)

December 2016 – Submit the dates of your two required Home Performances

February 2017 – Provide information about your company

February – April 2017 – Home Performances take place

Mid-March – mid-May 2017 – Partner Theatre Festivals

Late June / early July 2017 – National Theatre Festival

See this year's synopses here (PDF)


The Buffini Chao Foundation
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
Jacqueline and Richard Worswick
Susan Miller and Byron Grote
Hays Travel Foundation
Faithorn Farrell Timms
and supporters of the Connections Appeal