The National Theatre’s Connections Festival celebrates its 21st birthday in 2016 and once again Farnham Maltings is joining the 500 youth theatres and schools staging 12 fantastic specially commissioned plays across the country.

Since 1995, NT Connections has commissioned over 150 plays for young people and given groups of young aspiring actors from across the UK and Ireland the chance to perform on the stage of leading regional theatres and maybe even at the National Theatre. For their 21st birthday, NT Connections will revive 12 of their favourite and most popular plays from throughout the festival’s history. The opportunities are not however limited to the stage; the groups will learn and will be responsible for the whole theatre-making experience. They will create marketing campaigns, design sets and costumes, operate lighting and sound boards and stage-manage their performances.

NT Connections aims to:

  • Inspire 13-19 year olds with high quality new playwriting
  • Give companies the knowledge, skills and confidence to bring the plays to life
  • Encourage young people to get involved in all aspects of theatre-making
  • Celebrate young people’s talent

This will be the second time the Farnham Maltings’ youth theatre group, The Young Company, will take part in NT Connections after their fantastic production of Remote – a play by Olivier award-winning writer Stef Smith. The group led by professional theatre practitioner, Rebecca Lewis, performed the play in the Great Hall at Farnham Maltings in February 2015 before transferring to The Capitol in Horsham in May 2015.

The Young Company are looking for young people aged 14-20 years old with a passion for theatre and performance to join the group and help them to win the title of ‘best regional company’, and to perform on the stage at the National Theatre in London. No previous acting experience is required to join as the company will be taught by a range of theatre professionals throughout rehearsals.

Auditions will be held on Monday 12 October from 6.30pm-9pm and rehearsals will take place during the October and February half terms and at three Sunday sessions. The performance will happen during the Easter holidays.

For more information about the project and a full rehearsal schedule please contact Vikki Jones, the Theatre Programmer & Participation Coordinator by emailing vikki.jones@farnhammaltings.com or call 01252 74544.

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