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Towers School and Sixth Form and Folkestone School For Girls perform as part of 2024 National Theatre Connections!

This year we are hosting The National Theatre Connections Partner Festival at Gulbenkian!

Connections is the National Theatre’s annual, nationwide youth theatre festival. The programme is 29 years old and has a history of championing the talent of young people from across the UK. Every year, Connections commissions new plays for young people to perform. The programme brings together some of the UK’s most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow. This year we are hosting the National Theatre Connections – Partner Theatre Festival.

Night One – Fri 3 May 2024

Back in the Day by Yasmeen Khan (performed by Folkestone School For Girls) 6pm

A group of classmates are charged with the responsibility of being their school’s well-being champions. In a freak occurrence they are transported back to the 80’s via an impromptu and heavily improvised roller disco. Here they discover they’re not the only ones with skeletons in the cupboard, and there was more to the 80s than glitterballs and strange haircuts.

· Recommended for ages: 13+

Content Warnings: one moment of strong language

Orchestra by Charlie Josephine (performed by Towers School and Sixth Form) 8pm

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?

•Recommended for ages: 13+

Content Warnings:  In one scene, there is a description of a character taking an overdose

Please Note – Tickets cost £5 and give you access to both performances on NT Connections – Partner Theatre Festival Night One. There will be an interval between each show.

National Theatre Connections – Partner Theatre Festival Night One

Fri 3 May


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