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NT Connections Festival: Replica / Sad Club


  • 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.


Angmering Connections presents
Replica by Elgan Rhys

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 One of the class has been replaced by an exact replica of themselves.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


St Richard’s Theatre Company presents
Sad Club by Elgan Rhys
with music by Adam Pleeth

A musical about depression and anxiety. It’s a collection of monologues, songs and duologues from all over time and space exploring what about living in this world stops us from being happy and how we might go about tackling those problems.

Luke Barnes is an award-winning writer. Credits include: Freedom Project (Leeds Playhouse), All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (Bush Theatre & Paines Plough with Middle Child), No One Will Tell Me When To Start A Revolution (Hampstead Theatre), Chapel Street (Bush Theatre), Bottleneck (Soho Theatre with HighTide), The Jumper Factory (Young Vic, HOME, and Bristol Old Vic), Lost Boys (Unity with National Youth Theatre), Cinderella – A Wicked Mother F*cker of a Night Out (James Seabright & Not Too Tame), Katie Johnstone (The Orange Tree), The Saints (Nuffield Theatres, Southampton), Eistedfodd (HighTide), There Should Be Unicorns (London International Festival with Middle Child), Ten Storey Love Song (Hull Truck with Middle Child), Weekend Rockstars (Hull Truck with Middle Child), A Wondrous Place (Manchester Royal Exchange/ Northern Stage/Unity/ Crucible, Sheffield), The Class (The Unicorn with NYT), and Loki and Betty (Almeida Theatre). TV; Minted In Manchester (Original Single for Channel 4).

Adam Pleeth is a composer and musician who has worked across plays, musicals and dance. As a composer, his works include The Elephantom (National Theatre & West End); The Sad Club (National Theatre Connections); James and the Giant Peach (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Pitcarn (Shakespeare’s Globe & Chichester Festival Theatre); This May Hurt a Bit (Out of Joint); Wolves in the Walls and Red Riding Hood and the Wolf (Little Angel Theatre); Laika (Unicorn Theatre); The Hartlepool Monkey (Gyre & Gimble, UK tour); Ballad of the Burning Star and Juana in a Million (Theatre Ad Infinitum); Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Youth Theatre of Wales); The Adventures of Curious Ganz (Silent Tide/Little Angel Theatre) and Time Stands Still When I Think of You (The Place).

Suggested age guidance: 13+

Content warnings:

  • Themes of mental health
  • Strong language
  • References to sex
  • Underage drinking


Dates & Times

  • Date: Wed 17 Apr 2024Time:  19:00Book Now


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