A series of public apologies (in response to an unfortunate event in the school lavatories) is one of ten plays written especially for Connections by a selection of the best playwriting talent in the UK.
National Theatre Connections is one of the UK’s largest celebrations of youth theatre. Plays are commissioned for and about young people, from some of the best contemporary playwrights, and performed by schools and youth theatres all over the UK and Ireland. Young people have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of creating and staging the play both on and offstage, from set design to costume, lighting and stage management.
In 2020, National Theatre Connections is working with up to 300 youth theatres and schools to stage ten commissioned plays, adding to the 150 + plays the National Theatre have commissioned for young people since 1995. All the companies will transfer their production to one of 31 Connections Partner Theatres across the UK.
Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, said:
“Connections is at the heart of the National Theatre’s work for young people, built on the belief that young people in every corner of the UK should have the opportunity to experience and take part in theatre. We’re so excited to welcome new and returning youth theatre companies and schools to take part in Connections this year. All participants are invited to get involved with every aspect of theatre-making and have the chance to premiere a brand-new play in a leading regional theatre”.
About the play, Lizzy Connolly, Director says:
“It’s a fantastically funny and accurate social observation of our current society. It’s witty, sharp, shrewd writing (and the perfect amount of silly too). It’s allowed us to use, movement, media and develop our own characters supported by John’s brilliantly worded climbing frame of a play. The writing has allowed me and the whole cast to play”.
Oliver James Powell