Connections Festival 2019: Performances

Community Events , Youth Theatre
Wednesday 1 May 2019 - Saturday 4 May 2019

Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK's most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow.  

300 youth theatre companies and over 6,000 young people from every corner of the UK are producing a Connections play this year. Seven youth theatre companies will come to Derby Theatre to perform their own productions of plays by Rob Drummond, Ndell Leyshon, Lajaune Lincoln & Ben Baily Smith, Laura Lomas and Tom Wells.

Please see below the performance dates on which local youth theatre companies will be performing at Derby Theatre.

Wednesday 1 May

ACTS - terra / earth by Nell Leyshon & choreography by Anthony Missen
Creatio Arts - Class by Ben Bailey Smith & Lajaune Lincoln 

Age Guide: 12+

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Thursday 2 May

Tiptoe School of Performing Arts - Chaos by Laura Lomas
The Oaks Academy - Stuff by Tom Wells 

Age Guide: 12+

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Friday 3 May

The Young Rep Acting School - Chaos by Laura Lomas 

Age Guide: 12+

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Saturday 4 May

Garrick Young REP - Flesh by Rob Drummond
CAST Ensemble - Flesh by Rob Drummond 

Age Guide: 12+

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Tickets: £8 or£4 for 25 years and under

Multibuy Deal

Buy a ticket to see one show at full price, and any further shows booked you will recieve them at half price (£4 a show, or £2 a show for 25 years and under).


Derby Theatre’s Youth Ambassadors have programmed a range of workshops and events to run alongside this year’s Connections performances; from dance to scare acting and cake decorating to script writing, we promise there is something for everyone!

Make a Day of It Pass: £12 (Saturday only, ages 14+), choice of 3 workshops, access to the chill out zone throughout the day and tickets to the shows.

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About the Shows

terra/earth - Connections 2019

terra / earth

by Nell Leyshon and choreography by Anthony Missen

A group of classmates is torn apart by the opportunity to perform their own dance. As they disagree and bicker, two distinct physical groups emerge and separate into opposing teams.

When a strange outsider appears – out of step with everyone else – the divide is disrupted. A contemporary narrative dance piece about individuality, community and heritage.

Class - Connections 2019


by Ben Bailey and Lajaune Lincoln

It’s school election time and while most of the school is busy enjoying their lunchbreak, a deadlock is taking place amongst the members of the school council. Bitter rivalries, secret alliances and false promises are laid bare. As a ruthless battle ensues, who will win and does anyone really care?

A play about politics, populism and the ‘ping’ of a text message.

Chaos - Connections 2019


by Laura Lomas

A girl is locked in a room. A boy brings another boy flowers. A girl has tied herself to a railing. A boy doesn’t know who he is. A girl worries about impending catastrophe. A woman jumps in front of a train. A boy’s heart falls out his chest. A butterfly has a broken wing.

Chaos is a symphony of dislocated and interconnected scenes. A series of characters search for meaning in a complicated and unstable world. Bouncing through physics, the cosmos, love and violence, they find order in the disorder of each other.

Stuff - Connections 2019 DT


by Tom Wells

Vinny's organising a surprise birthday party for his mate, Anita. It's not going well: his choice of venue is a bit misguided, Anita's not keen on leaving the house, and everyone else has their own stuff going on. Maybe a surprise party wasn’t the best idea?

A play about trying (but not really managing) to help.

Flesh - Connections 2019


by Rob Drummond

A group of teenagers wake up in a forest with no clue how they got there. They find themselves separated into two different teams but have no idea what game they are expected to play. With no food, no water and seemingly no chance of escape, it’s only a matter of time before things start to get drastic. But whose side are people on and how far will they go to survive? 

This is a play about human nature, the tribes we create and cannibalism.


Connections is supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Buffini Chao Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Jacqueline and Richard Worswick, The Peter Cundill Foundation, Mactaggart Third Fund, The EBM Charitable Trust, Samantha and Richard Campbell-Breeden, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, The Broughton Family Charitable Trust and The Derrill Allatt Foundation.

The National Theatre's Partner for Learning is Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

The National Theatre Connections Festival returns to Derby Theatre.