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NT Connections Festival: Orchestra / The Periodicals


  • Category: Theatre

Full Description

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.


St Christopher’s School presents
Orchestra by Elgan Rhys

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


Varndean Studio Theatre Company presents
The Periodicals by Elgan Rhys

Set in the near future – a group of young people live as a feral group of techno-savvy fugitives, living off-the land which is a rubbish dump. They stay out of sight of the authorities – particularly the education authorities who are desperate to get them back into school because the optics are not good. However school has lost its allure. When the young people are in school they are overlooked and underestimated – seen as being more trouble than they are worth. So now, for this group, school’s out forever.

Siân Owen was born and raised in Newport, South Wales and is a graduate of the MA Writing for Performance Programme at Goldsmiths College. Her play Restoration won the Oxford Playhouse New Writing Competition. She has been part of the Sherman Cymru Advanced Writers Group, the Royal Court Studio Group and the BBC Writers Group-Welsh Voices.

She is currently on attachment at the National Theatre and under commission from Box of Tricks Theatre Company and Papertrail. Previous theatre credits include additional material for Under Milk Wood (National Theatre) How to Be Brave (Dirty Protest) and This Land (Pentabus) For radio Another Place (BBC Cymru Wales/Radio 4) Pieces (BBC Cymru Wales/Radio 4) and Pride and Prejudice (Audible).

Suggested age guidance: 13+

Content warnings:

  • Strong language




Dates & Times

  • Date: Tue 16 Apr 2024Time:  19:00Book Now


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