National Theatre Connections 2022

National Theatre Connections 2022

Fri 29 Apr – Sun 01 May 2022

Connections is the National Theatre‘s annual, nationwide youth theatre festival, a unique celebration of young people, theatre-making and the importance of access to the arts.

Each year, the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow. All Connections commissions are developed with input from young people.

With local festivals taking place in leading venues across the country, Connections is an unforgettable feast of theatre made by and for young people. The North Wall is delighted to once more be a partner theatre to this exciting festival.

This year, eight companies from Oxfordshire and beyond take part, with plays including The Ramayana Reset by Ayeesha Menon, with choreography by Hofesh Shechter, ‘dance’s most explosive choreographer’ (The Guardian), Superglue by Tim Crouch and Variations by Katie Hims.

Age guidance: 13+
Tickets: £5 (concessions £3) per show

Performances:

Fri 29 Apr 2022
3pm: Headington School: Find A Partner! (Miriam Battye) BOOK NOW
7.30pm: The Ridgeway School: Superglue (Tim Crouch) BOOK NOW

Sat 30 Apr 2022
11am: OX2 Collective: The Ramayana Reset
(Ayeesha Menon, with choreography by Hofesh Shechter) BOOK NOW
3pm: Thame Youth Theatre: Variations (Katie Hims) BOOK NOW
7.30pm: Proteus Youth Theatre: The Hunt (Fionnuala Kennedy) BOOK NOW

Sun 01 May 2022
11am: Corn Exchange Youth Theatre: Find A Partner! (Miriam Battye) BOOK NOW
3pm: Through The Wardrobe: Variations (Katie Hims) BOOK NOW
7.30pm: The Rep Theatre Project: The Hunt (Fionnuala Kennedy) BOOK NOW

The North Wall is a Partner Theatre of National Theatre Connections 2022.


Plays

All Connections commissions are developed with input from young people. The Connections 2022 plays performed at The North Wall are:

Headington School presents:
Find A Partner! by Miriam Battye
Fri 29 Apr 2022 3pm

Find A Partner! is about the sometimes catastrophic methods we use to find that elusive thing, love. This is Love Island scrutinised through a Black Mirror style lens as a group of young people compete to publicly couple up and fall in love forever, or die… quite literally. Facilitated by a group of ‘influencers’ the group sign up to the ‘game’ while the rest of us watch, enthralled, judging and commenting the whole time, as the play asks the questions, what does it really mean to love someone? does it have to be forever? and does it have to be only one person?

Miriam Battye is a writer from Manchester. Her play Scenes With Girls premiered at the Royal Court in January 2020, directed by Lucy Morrison. Her other plays include Trip The Light Fantastic (Bristol Old Vic), Pancake Day (Bunker Theatre/Play Theatre Company) and All Your Gold (Theatre Royal Plymouth). She is the recipient of the 2020 Harold Pinter Commission at the Royal Court. She also writes for television. She was the first Sister Pictures Writer-in-Residence and has a number of original shows in development.

Tickets: £5 (concessions £3). BOOK NOW

@hso_drama

The Ridgeway School presents:
Superglue by Tim Crouch
Fri 29 Apr 2022 7.30pm

Superglue tells the story of a group of climate activists gathering at a woodland burial ground to say goodbye to a friend who died during a protest. As they gather, they erect banners and they talk about their pasts and their futures, about peaceful action versus violent action, about how society dismisses them and undervalues their cause.

Initially, we believe these activists are the age of the actors playing them. Gradually, we realise that this is the story of an elderly climate action group – elderly characters performed without imitation by young actors. Parallels are drawn between old age and adolescence in a play that gently invites an intergenerational understanding of the future of our planet.

Tickets: £5 (concessions £3). BOOK NOW

@cparidgeway

OX2 Collective presents:
The Ramayana Reset by Ayeesha Menon, with choreography by Hofesh Shechter
Sat 30 Apr 2022 11am

The Ramayana Reset is about Zara, a young teenage woman who has a decision to make… to like or not to like… the latest Instagram post by her friendship group… a post about the new girl, who happens to be Zara’s best friend from primary school. It’s a dilemma and all she has to help her decide is a book. However, this is no ordinary book, it is the Ramayana, the epic story of Sita and Ram which is a traditional South Asian story, fundamental to the Hindu faith, dating back to 2.5 thousand years ago.

This is an epic adventure story featuring gods, demons, queens, sorcery, a giant half-monkey half-man taller than the tallest mountain, and a 10-headed evil tyrant. This is a piece of dance drama, using movement inspired by the award-winning and internationally renowned choreographer, Hofesh Shechter. This is a BIG story that fills the stage with action – there are fires, battles, trials and weapons powerful enough to end the universe. But most importantly of all there is love… and loyalty?

In association with Hofesh Shechter Company.

Tickets: £5 (concessions £3). BOOK NOW

@thenorthwall | @teddiesoxford

Thame Youth Theatre presents:
Variations by Katie Hims
Sat 30 Apr 2022 3pm

Thirteen-year-old Alice wishes her life was completely different. She wakes up one morning to find that her life is different. In fact, it’s so different that all she wants to do is get back to normality. But how does she do that?

A play about family, string theory and breakfast.

Katie Hims is currently on attachment to the National Theatre studio. Previous stage work includes Billy The Girl for Clean Break at Soho Theatre. Since 2014 she has worked on the radio series Home Front, including three seasons as lead writer. Other radio work includes Poetry In Motion, Black Dog, King David, Lost Property (winner of the BBC Audio Drama Award For Best Original Drama), The Gunshot Wedding (winner of The Writer’s Guild Best Original Radio Drama) and The Earthquake Girl (winner of the Richard Imison Award). Her recent radio adaptations were The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard and The Martin Beck Killings by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. She has also written for the long running television series Casualty.

Tickets: £5 (concessions £3). BOOK NOW

@thameyouththeatre

Proteus Youth Theatre presents:
The Hunt by Fionnuala Kennedy
Sat 30 Apr 2022 7.30pm

Hunt is about a group of Belfast teenagers playing their version of hide and seek. Their version entails ‘borrowing’ objects from their neighbours’ back gardens, and ‘dumping’ them at the ‘box’ without being caught, by either the official pursuers or the neighbours whose gardens they are infringing upon – hence the chances of being caught are twofold. The more outlandish and extraordinary the object and the more difficult to acquire it is, the more kudos you score. The thing is, nearly all of these teenagers are far too old to play this ‘kids’ game, and it’s February, it’s freezing and there’s a storm coming, but Jo wants to impress James, the boy from her new school, he’s not from round here and she’s not from round there. Their fledgling relationship represents a bridge across a class divide. So begrudgingly the ‘band’ gets back together, for one last game. However, this could be the worst decision of their tiny lives as little do they know that the rumours about the strange, predatory ‘Man In The Van’ are true and the even stranger, dangerous, the one everyone has been warned to stay away from, ‘Mad’ Danielle is back on the block. This is a hunt they will never forget.

Tickets: £5 (concessions £3). BOOK NOW

@proteustheatre

Corn Exchange Youth Theatre presents:
Find A Partner! by Miriam Battye
Sun 01 May 2022 11am

Find A Partner! is about the sometimes catastrophic methods we use to find that elusive thing, love. This is Love Island scrutinised through a Black Mirror style lens as a group of young people compete to publicly couple up and fall in love forever, or die… quite literally. Facilitated by a group of ‘influencers’ the group sign up to the ‘game’ while the rest of us watch, enthralled, judging and commenting the whole time, as the play asks the questions, what does it really mean to love someone? does it have to be forever? and does it have to be only one person?

Miriam Battye is a writer from Manchester. Her play Scenes With Girls premiered at the Royal Court in January 2020, directed by Lucy Morrison. Her other plays include Trip The Light Fantastic (Bristol Old Vic), Pancake Day (Bunker Theatre/Play Theatre Company) and All Your Gold (Theatre Royal Plymouth). She is the recipient of the 2020 Harold Pinter Commission at the Royal Court. She also writes for television. She was the first Sister Pictures Writer-in-Residence and has a number of original shows in development.

Tickets: £5 (concessions £3). BOOK NOW

@cornexchange

Through The Wardrobe presents:
Variations by Katie Hims
Sun 01 May 2022 3pm

Thirteen-year-old Alice wishes her life was completely different. She wakes up one morning to find that her life is different. In fact, it’s so different that all she wants to do is get back to normality. But how does she do that?

A play about family, string theory and breakfast.

Katie Hims is currently on attachment to the National Theatre studio. Previous stage work includes Billy The Girl for Clean Break at Soho Theatre. Since 2014 she has worked on the radio series Home Front, including three seasons as lead writer. Other radio work includes Poetry In Motion, Black Dog, King David, Lost Property (winner of the BBC Audio Drama Award For Best Original Drama), The Gunshot Wedding (winner of The Writer’s Guild Best Original Radio Drama) and The Earthquake Girl (winner of the Richard Imison Award). Her recent radio adaptations were The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard and The Martin Beck Killings by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo. She has also written for the long running television series Casualty.

Tickets: £5 (concessions £3). BOOK NOW

@ttw_drama

The Rep Theatre Project presents:
The Hunt by Fionnuala Kennedy
Sun 01 May 2022 7.30pm

Hunt is about a group of Belfast teenagers playing their version of hide and seek. Their version entails ‘borrowing’ objects from their neighbours’ back gardens, and ‘dumping’ them at the ‘box’ without being caught, by either the official pursuers or the neighbours whose gardens they are infringing upon – hence the chances of being caught are twofold. The more outlandish and extraordinary the object and the more difficult to acquire it is, the more kudos you score. The thing is, nearly all of these teenagers are far too old to play this ‘kids’ game, and it’s February, it’s freezing and there’s a storm coming, but Jo wants to impress James, the boy from her new school, he’s not from round here and she’s not from round there. Their fledgling relationship represents a bridge across a class divide. So begrudgingly the ‘band’ gets back together, for one last game. However, this could be the worst decision of their tiny lives as little do they know that the rumours about the strange, predatory ‘Man In The Van’ are true and the even stranger, dangerous, the one everyone has been warned to stay away from, ‘Mad’ Danielle is back on the block. This is a hunt they will never forget.

Tickets: £5 (concessions £3). BOOK NOW

@thereptheatreproject

National Theatre Connections 2022

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