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Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys and Spires Academy presents...

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 Three – Tue 7 May 2024

Replica by Titas Halder (Performed by Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys) 6pm

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 One of the class has been replaced by an exact replica of themselves.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

  • Recommended for ages: 16+

Content Warnings:

  • Strong language
  • Some mildly violent language, used in a sci-fi contex

Age is Revolting by Abi Zakarian (Performed by Spires Academy) 8pm

Choir is for mad old people, right? When a group of school kids rebel against their boring music lesson, they hit the wrong note and magically transform into their 80 year-old selves…and now live in a care home. Suddenly age, and their understanding of it, feels very relevant as they begin to confusedly navigate their way back to the present; no longer older, but maybe just a little wiser.

  • Recommended for ages: 13+

Content Warnings:  Some strong language

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

National Theatre Connections – Partner Theatre Festival Night Three

Tue 7 May

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ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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