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NT Connections Festival: Age is Revolting / SHOUT


  • Category: Theatre

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Connections is the National Theatre’s annual, nationwide youth theatre festival, running for 29 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 13 young companies this year as part of its festival programme.

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

For all of our Connections 2024 performances, we are offering an option to buy tickets at a reduced price, full price or, if you are able to, a slightly higher price that helps subsidise those who cannot afford the to pay the higher prices.


The Robinson Drama Academy presents
Age is Revolting by Abi Zakarian

Choir is for mad old people, right?

When a group of school kids rebel against their boring music lesson they hit the wrong note and magically transform into their 80 year-old selves…and now live in a care home. Suddenly age, and their understanding of it, feels very relevant as they begin to confusedly navigate their way back to the present; no longer older, but maybe just a little wiser.

Abi Zakarian is an award-winning British-Armenian playwright born and raised in Derby, now based in London. Her plays include: Found, produced by 45North for their Written on the Waves series of audio plays; Perfect Myth Allegory at Jermyn Street Theatre for the ‘15 Heroines’ series; A Thousand Yards at Southwark Playhouse, and I Am Karyan Ophidian for the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe. Her play Fabric won a Scotsman Fringe First award and she won the Vault Festival Peoples Choice Award for I Have A Mouth And I Will Scream. Her play, Mountain Warfare, was a finalist in the 2021/22 Women’s Prize for Playwriting. She is a co-founder of the horror theatre company Terrifying Women, and also created and hosts the UK Armenian Creatives group. Abi is currently shooting her first short film: Pomegranate, and is under commission with Derby Theatre among others.

Suggested age guidance: 13+

Content warnings:

  • Strong language


JK Acting Platform presents
SHOUT by Alexis Zegerman

In a world full of words, how can Dana survive when she can’t speak? Dana has selective mutism, but that doesn’t stop her vivid imagination. Shout is a funny, moving play about anxiety, celebrating difference, and finding your voice. A play that wonders what exactly it takes to overcome anxiety and mental health issues when you’re a teenager. It’s not just the noise you make, that makes you who you are.

Alexis Zegerman’s theatre work includes The Fever Syndrome (Hampstead Theatre); Holy Shit (Kiln Theatre); The Steingolds (National Theatre Studio – Finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2012); Lucky Seven (Hampstead Theatre -Pearson Writer in Residence 2008-2009); Killing Brando (Oran Mor, a Play a Pie and a Pint season/Paines Plough Theatre Company at the Young Vic); I Ran the World (Royal Court/Flight 5065); Marriage and Noise (Soho Theatre). Alexis is currently under commission with Hampstead Theatre and the Manhattan Theater Club, New York.

Her film work includes the screenplay of Arthur’s Whiskey, starring Diane Keaton and David Harewood; The Honeymoon Suite (Palm Springs Film Festival, UK Jewish Film Festival, New York Short Film Festival, Encounters, Winner of the Pears Film Fund Award).

Her radio work includes the two comedy series Mum’s on the Run and School Runs and radio plays are Déjà Vu (Prix Europa Special Commendation); Jump; The Singing Butler; Are You Sure? and Ronnie Gecko (Richard Imison Award).

Suggested age guidance: 14+

Content warnings:

  • Play explores experiences of anxiety disorders
  • Moments with characters struggling with poor mental health


Dates & Times

  • Date: Sun 21 Apr 2024Time:  19:00Book Now


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