Each year the National Theatre invites ten writers to create new plays for young people to perform. This spring 230 youth theatre companies will present the premieres of these plays in venues from Scotland to Cornwall and Northern Ireland to Norfolk. Each company will also perform at one of 26 Connections festivals in professional theatres across the country, and ten companies will go on to perform at the National Theatre. Connections celebrates great new writing for the stage and the energy, commitment and talent of young theatre makers.
As a partner venue, The Lowry is hosting its NT Connections Festival in May from 1- 4 May and will present 14 shows over the 4 days. The Lowry’s own Young Actors Company will be performing The Wardrobe by Sam Holcroft and A Letter to Lacey by Catherine Johnson. This follows their premier performances on Monday 10 and Tue 11 March. This year, for the first time, these plays have been directed by members of The Lowry Young Actors Company Young Creatives Team, Will Bishop and Sarah Butterworth, under mentorship of Company Director Tara Daniels. During the process they have developed and honed their skills as directors and have started their journey, building their reputations as future industry creatives.
“At The Lowry, the opportunities have become endless with the support and professional advice key to success and progression for both my work at The Lowry and my future” said Sarah Butterworth, Young Creatives Director.
Both productions were convincing and honest realisation of the scripts. The casts were committed and provided a superb evening of entertainment. “We are very proud of the directors, cast and technicians achievements and are really looking forward to presenting the work again at The Festival in May” said Jane Dasilva Orgill, Youth Talent Manager
You can find further informational about the NT Connections festival in May on our website. http://www.thelowry.com/