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Connections Festival 2024

Connections Festival 2024

16 Apr–20 Apr 2024

The Drum

Select a performance

Tue 16 Apr
7:00 pm
  • The Sad Club: Atlantic Coast Theatre Co.
  • Back in the Day: Lipson Cooperative Academy
Wed 17 Apr
7:00 pm
  • Wind/Rush Generation(s): King Edward VI Community College
  • The Periodicals: Plympton Academy
Thu 18 Apr
7:00 pm
  • The Sad Club: Bodmin College
  • Replica: Callywith College
Fri 19 Apr
7:00 pm
  • Back In The Day: Pike and Musket
  • Shout: Fowey River Academy
Sat 20 Apr
7:00 pm
  • Kiss/Marry/Push Off Cliff: Acorn Young People’s Theatre
NT Connections (2000 x 700 px)

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.

Every year, 300 youth theatre companies and over 6,000 young people from every corner of the UK are producing a Connections play.

TRP are proud to host this year’s NT Connections in The Drum.


List of performances:

Tuesday 16th April 2024:

The Sad Club: Atlantic Coast Theatre Co. and Back in the Day: Lipson Cooperative Academy

Wednesday 17th April 2024:

Wind/Rush Generation(s): King Edward VI Community College and The Periodicals: Plympton Academy

Thursday 18th April 2024:

The Sad Club: Bodmin College and Replica: Callywith College

Friday 19th April 2024 :

Back In The Day: Pike and Musket and Shout: Fowey River Academy

Saturday 20th April 2024 :

Kiss/Marry/Push Off Cliff: Acorn Young People’s Theatre


About the plays:

Shout: In a world full of words, how can Dana survive when she can’t speak? Dana has selective mutism, but that doesn’t stop her vivid imagination.

Kiss/Marry/Push off Cliff: A group of friends go camping – but after only one night, one of them is ostracised by the rest of the group and cast out into wilderness for something they said…or was it something they did…?

The Periodicals: Set in the near future – a group of young people live as a feral group of techno-savvy fugitives, living off-the land which is a rubbish dump.

Replica: Something happened on the school trip. One of the class has been replaced by an exact replica of themselves.

Back in the Day: Tasked with being their school’s well-being champions, a group of classmates unexpectedly time-travels to the 80s during an impromptu roller disco, uncovering hidden secrets.

The Sad Club: This is a musical about depression and anxiety. It’s a collection of monologues, songs and duologues from all over time and space.

Wind/Rush Generations: This is a play about the British Isles, its past and its present. Set in a senior common room, in a prominent university. A group of 1st-year undergraduates are troubled by a ‘noisy’ ghost.

Important information


Performance age guidelines: 

Shout – Recommended 14+ (Play explores experiences of anxiety disorders, moments with characters struggling with poor mental health)

Kiss/Marry/Push off Cliff – Recommended 14+ (Strong language, sexual references, scenes of drug use and distribution, scenes of alcoholism, and children drinking alcohol)

Back In The day – Recommended 13+ (One moment of strong language)

The Sad Club – Recommended 13+ (Themes of mental health, strong language, references to sex, underage drinking)

Wind/Rush Generations – Recommended 15+ (Racially-abusive language – including the ‘N word’, language describing the racially motivated abuse of power and violations and attacks, references to colonialism, references to genocide, references to Human Rights Abuse, allusions to gun violence)

Replica – Recommended 16+ Strong language (Some mildly violent language, used in a sci-fi context)


Content information will become available for this production soon.

Please note – most of our productions feature flashing lights and loud sounds.  

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