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NT Connections Festival: Orchestra / Replica


  • 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.


Hungry Wolf Visionary Youth Theatre presents
Orchestra by Charlie Josephine

A youth orchestra practises during half term holidays in preparation for a concert. Unexpected events cause them all to interrogate their relationship with success. How do you protect the joy of the process whilst also wanting to be the best? Is striving for artistic excellence worth the pressure of losing soul?

Charlie Josephine is an actor and a writer, passionate about making work that centres working class women and queer people. In Summer 2022, their play ‘I, Joan’ opened to great acclaim at Shakespeare’s Globe. Recent theatre work includes ‘FLIES’ for Boundless Theatre, ‘One Of Them Ones’ for Pentabus Theatre, and ‘Birds And Bees’ for Theatre Centre. Their previous award-winning plays include ‘Bitch Boxer’ and ‘BLUSH’ . Charlie is currently preparing to co-direct their new play ‘Cowbois’ which will open at the RSC in the autumn of 2023. They are also currently developing a new feature biopic with Salon Pictures. Charlie is an associate artist at the NSDF, and board trustee at Cardboard Citizens.

Suggested age guidance: 13+

Content warnings:

  • In one scene, there is a description of a character taking an overdose


Ashford Youth Theatre Company presents
Replica by Titas Halder

Something happened on the school trip. One of the class has been replaced by an exact replica of themselves. At least that’s what everyone’s saying. Once a rumour starts, it can be difficult to remember what is real – or who. Convinced that there is an impostor walking among them, a group of teenagers is determined to root out the intruder. A mystery about friendship, the nature of truth, and humanity. When it comes to it, how do you prove that you are a human?

This new play is written by Elgan Rhys, a writer and collaborator working in theatre, TV and literature. His work advocates for the empowerment of young people, everyone in the LGBTQ+ umbrella and Welsh-speaking communities. Elgan has been an Associate Artist for two leading Welsh children’s and young people’s theatre companies, Frân Wen and Theatr Iolo, and produced Y Pump, a series of co-created YA novels which won two Wales Book of the Year awards in 2022.

Suggested age guidance: 16+

Content warnings:

  • Strong language
  • Some mildly violent language, used in a sci-fi context



Dates & Times

  • Date: Fri 19 Apr 2024Time:  19:00Book Now


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