National Theatre Connections – Gulbenkian Young Company

NT Connections is the National Theatre’s nationwide youth theatre festival. Each year it offers a unique opportunity for youth theatres and school theatre groups to stage new plays written for young people by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights, and to perform in leading theatres across the UK.

We have now finished casting for ‘Find a Partner’ by Miriam Battye. Thankyou to everyone who auditioned!

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Connections 2021

Arts Council England

In 2015, the Gulbenkian Youth Company were one of only ten groups selected to perform on the Olivier Stage with their production of The Edelweiss Pirates.

In 2019 they were again one of only ten groups selected to perform at the National Theatre, on the Dorfman Stage, with their production of Ageless.


2016 – What Are They Like?

2017 – Zero for the Young Dudes

2018 – The Changing Room

2019 – Ageless

2020 – The Marxist in Heaven

2021 – Find a Partner

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Funded by ART31 KENTAbout | ART31 Kent
ART31KENT is a youth leadership project funded through Gulbenkian’s NPO status, granted by Arts Council England, in addition to funding from Kent County Council.

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’.  

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'Being part of the NT connections has been brilliant. It has helped me to grow in confidence and realise that there are lots of opportunities outside in the world. It has made me push myself and it has taken me out of my comfort zone.' Azaelia, NT Connections Member
"I’ve been participating and going to the Connections Festival for about 5 years now and it never gets boring. Each year it’s amazing how Connections gives ownership to young people to take over a script and make it completely their own." Maeve, NT Connections Member
"Connections has been the opportunity of a lifetime for me and I wouldn’t trade it up for anything! I have gained so many performance skills and I am so impressed with how far we have all come. I have met so many talented performers and we have spent a lot of time together to the point where it feels like a family." Oliver, NT Connections Member