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National Theatre Connections Company - 'The IT'


  • Category: Youth Theatre in Tunbridge Wells

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Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5pm from Monday 25 January
School Years 9-13

Sign-Up Deadline: Wednesday 27 January, midday – don’t worry if you cannot make Monday 25

We are taking part in National Theatre Connections in 2021! Each year, The National commission exciting playwrights to write plays for young people and about young people. Hundreds of youth theatres and schools take part across the country. These are performed at a ‘Home’ venue (for us, that’s Trinity) and taken on to a ‘Festival’ venue (for us, that’s usually The Marlowe in Canterbury). One production of each of the plays is then selected to be performed at the National Theatre. We have previously performed Alice By Heart (2012), Same (2014), When They Go Low (2018) and Variations (2019) as part of Connections. We were a few days away from performing Dungeness last year before lockdown hit and hope to perform it properly this year. Plays such as Pronoun and DNA also started life as Connections shows!

This year, after running some Reading Club sessions in Autumn 2020, we selected The IT by Vivienne Franzmann as our show and we are really excited about it. It’s a fantastic script.

“But…” I hear you cry, “how do you plan on staging a show when there is a pandemic on and we are being told to stay at home?”

Good question.

Short answer: it is going to be incredible!

We are going to really heavily lean into video, soundscapes and animation for it, so that we can do as much preparation as possible, and rehearsing and filming large parts of the play in advance. A small group (eight) will then perform some parts of the play live in front of an audience if it is possible or safe to do so. If it isn’t, our next back-up is for these people to perform it on stage for us to stream it to an audience online. And if this isn’t possible, we will make a film of the show that we can then stream online and on the big screen at Trinity when it is safe to do so.

Everyone who wants to will get to be part of the filmed parts – either as a chorus or one of the “interviewees”.

We want our Connections Company to be a group of people who want to get stuck in in all parts of the show and make it an exciting production for audiences to watch.

We will be hosting script analysis and discussion sessions, workshops in storyboarding, animation, soundscape, acting for screen, self-taping and video editing, alongside rehearsals for filmed and in-person bits. We also want the Company to get stuck in on the marketing, marking up the script, and documenting our rehearsal process.

We will be putting the show together as a group, exploring different techniques as to how it can all come together. You can come to all of the workshops, or just the ones that take your fancy. The process will be led by Jason Lower and the show’s young assistant director, Nathan, with workshops led by experienced practitioners in the different areas.

The in-person cast will be decided after the first Company production meetings and workshops.

Each member of the Connections Company will get:

  • two tickets to the show in whatever way it is performed
  • a souvenir programme and poster
  • a copy of the performance video
  • a cast hoodie
  • an invite to the after show party whenever we can run parties again
  • and, of course, the opportunity to be part of something really special

It costs £80 to take part in all the online activities, and an additional £20 for those who are part of the live in-person cast (this will be auditioned in the first couple of weeks).

We will meet up to three times a week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for 60 to 90 minutes starting Monday 25 January to Thursday 25 March.

Initial home performance dates: Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 March
Backup home performance dates: Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 April
Festival performance date at The Marlowe: Sunday 23 May

This is our opportunity to do something different, exciting and memorable – with a terrific script covering some really important issues.

No one should be unable to take part because of financial constraints. Bursaries from The Elliott Foundation are available for those on low incomes. Please contact education@trinitytheatre.net for more information.

Any questions? Please send Jason an email via education@trinitytheatre.net

Dates & Times

  • Date: 27 / 01 / 21Time: 17:00Book Now


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