Over 250 school and youth theatre companies took part in the National Theatres Connections 2017, including Kingsley. The schools and theatre groups all performed from a selection of ten new plays written by leading playwrights and performed them in venues around the UK.

Kingsley chose ‘The School Film’ by Patrick Marber, and held performances at Kingsley School, The Plough Arts Centre and Theatre Royal, Plymouth. At one of those performances the cast were selected to take their play to the National Theatre for their summer festival.



The National Theatre Festival is a weeklong celebration of young people’s theatre with just 10 theatre groups being selected from across the country.  Kingsley’s cast of ‘The School Film’ will perform in the National Theatre Festival in London on 30th June.

Huge congratulations to the cast, Michele Borsten, Leigh Crossman, Pete Burford and everyone involved in this wonderful achievement, it is true recognition of the outstanding performing arts at Kingsley.


This has been another fantastic year for National Theatre Connections and we were blown away by the dedication and standard of performances we saw across the country.

We would like to take this opportunity to say huge congratulations to everyone that took part.

In this year’s NT Festival we have tried to represent the breadth of the whole Connections programme in the Companies we invite to perform; a mixture of schools and youth groups, a variety of ages, Companies from all across the UK and most importantly Companies who delivered truthful, exciting and vibrant performances of our 10 brilliant plays.

We are pleased to announce this year’s NT Festival line up is as follows:

Wednesday 28 June the Dorfman Theatre
19:00 The Snow Dragons by Lizzie Nunnery performed by Lymm High School (Warrington, Cheshire)

20:30 Extremism by Anders Lustgarten performed by Theatre Royal Stratford East Youth Theatre + (Stratford, London)

Thursday 29 June the Dorfman Theatre
19:00 Musical Differences by Robin French performed by NCN Actors (Nottingham)

20:30 Three by Harriet Braun performed by Kindred KYT (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)

Friday 30 June the Dorfman Theatre
19:00 The School Film by Patrick Marber performed by Kingsley Bideford Community Theatre Company (Bideford, Devon)

20:30 The Monstrum by Kellie Smith performed by The Marlowe Youth Theatre (Canterbury, Kent)

Saturday 1 July in the Dorfman Theatre
19:00 #YOLO by Matthew Bulgo performed by West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Company (Port Tennant, Swansea)
20:30 Status Update by Tim Etchells, performed by Rotherham College (Rotherham, South Yorkshire)

Monday 3 July in the Olivier Theatre
19:00 Zero for Young Dudes! by Alistair McDowall performed by Orange Tree Theatre Connections Company (Richmond, London)
20:30 FOMO by Suhayla El-Bushra performed by CASTEnsemble (Shardlow, Derbyshire)

Tickets are now on sale for the festival and we would love to see as many of you there as possible. To book yours go to – www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/connections-festival-2017

Once again, congratulations to all involved.

Ros Terry,

Connections Producer,

National Theatre