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Connections Festival: Circle Dreams Around / Tuesday


  • Category: Theatre

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Connections is the National Theatre’s annual, nationwide youth theatre festival, running for 28 years. Each year, schools and youth theatres across the country perform a new piece of writing developed for the programme at their home venues before visiting a festival theatre. Trinity is proud to host seven young companies this year as part of its festival programme.

Each ticket is only £5 and gives you access to an evening of two one act plays, with a short interval in between.


(Circle Dreams Around) The Terrible Terrible Past

by Simon Longman, performed by The Stag Youth Theatre

A play about being young in the fields and towns that feel far away from where things might be happening; a play about the expectations of life and the circularity of human existence.

Someone has a recurring dream. It’s a bit weird. There are fish, chickens, cows, who all look and sound like people – people who look kind of familiar. And there’s a butcher, killing people. And the dream feels like a circle – going round and round and back to the start again. They can’t get free of it – it’s like a line eating its own arse.

Which means we’re stuck in their dream too, watching it with them. We see the fields and rivers they visit in the half light. And raves they’ve been to with people jumping out of the windows and losing their legs. And the careers advisor from school advising jobs like being a water carrier, or a chimney sweep, or a candlestick maker or a fishmonger. They dream about the past mainly, a past that they don’t belong to but the past wants to belong to them. It’s forcing its way inside, so that their future looks like the past.

Simon Longman is a playwright from the West Midlands. His plays include Patient Light (Eastern Angles); Island Town (Paines Plough); Gundog (Royal Court); Rails (TBTL); White Sky (RWCMD/Royal Court); Sparks (Old Red Lion); Milked (Pentabus Theatre Company). He is the recipient of the 49th George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and has previously won the Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme. His work has been translated and produced internationally. He is represented by Judy Daish Associates.



by Alison Carr, performed by Worthing College

An ordinary Tuesday suddenly turns very weird indeed when a tear rips across the sky over the school yard. Not only that, but it starts sucking up pupils and staff while at the same time raining down a whole new set of people. But then, that’s what happens when parallel worlds collide!

Confusion reigns as the ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ try to work out what is going on. How are Ash and Magpie identical? Can Billy cope with having his sister back? Who is Franky?

Eventually, though, cracks appear between the two groups. As the air here starts to disagree with the ‘Them’, the race is on to try to get things back to how they were and safely return everyone to the Universe they came from.

Alison Carr is a playwright and radio dramatist. Her plays include: The Last Quiz Night on Earth (Box of Tricks, UK tour, 2020); Caterpillar (shortlisted for the Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2016; premiered at Theatre503, London, 2018) and Iris (Live Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2016; winner of the Journal Culture Awards 2017 Writer of the Year).

In 2013, Alison was awarded the Live Theatre/Empty Space Bursary Award to develop her play The Soaking of Vera Shrimp and the play opened at Live Theatre in September 2014. Other theatre credits include: Hush (Paines Plough, RWCMD, Gate Theatre), Remains (troublehouse theatre, Reveal Festival), Clothes Swap Theatre Party (Derby Theatre), Fat Alice (The Lemon Tree, Òran Mór, Traverse Theatre), A Wondrous Place (Northern Spirit, Tour), Mary, Jesus’s Mam (Live Theatre), Fine (Soho Theatre), Quick Bright Things (The People’s Theatre, Newcastle), When It’s Gone (part of nabakov’s Present: Tense), The Surprising Germination of Andrea Fitzgerald (Hotbed Festival at The Junction), When It Falls (Soho Theatre), The Girls From Poppyfield Close (Live Theatre), Clint (Live Theatre), But Otherwise Went Well (Waterloo East Theatre), and Can Cause Death (National Theatre).

Radio credits include Dolly Would (BBC Radio 4), Yackety Yak (The Verb, BBC Radio 3), and Worn Around the Edges (BBC Radio 3).

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  • Date: Sun 23 Apr 2023Time:  19:00Book Now


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