shows at bristol old vic...
Presented by the National Theatre
We're delighted to welcome back NT Connections, the UKs biggest youth theatre festival. Each year the festival 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.
NT Connections 2017 will involve at least 5,000 talented young people from right across the UK, both on and off stage, and inspire and entertain audiences with plays for and about young people that are current, challenging and resonant.
This year we'll be bringing eight schools and youth theatre groups to the Bristol Old Vic stage to celebrate these great new plays - with all the energy and commitment of our young talent from the South West. We hope you enjoy the festival.
Find out more by visiting connections.nationaltheatre.org.uk
All performances are £5 (plus booking fee) and take place in the Bristol Old Vic Theatre.
Writer Kellie Smith
In a cold village on the edge of nowhere, a disease has broken out, infecting the young and transforming them into monstrous creatures. The villagers fearfully watch their children for symptoms of the disease, whilst the Mayor has adopted tough measures for dealing with those who are infected. When Bolek, the local scholar, makes a breakthrough in finding a cure, few are prepared for the gruesome nature of the treatment. But with his own daughter showing signs of infection, there is no choice than to stop this terrible disease dead in its tracks.
A gothic melodrama about the terrifying onset of adolescence.
Tue 28 Mar | 7pm
Writer Alistair McDowell
The inmates at a bizarre summer camp are plotting a revolution. Or has it already happened?
Spending a day watching their schedule of exercise, lessons and meals, a long history of unrest and injustice lies hidden, and as the day wears on, a violent future looms large on the horizon.
Tue 28 Mar | 8.30pm
The Blue Room Theatre Company
Writer Anders Lustgarten
The police just took Jamal away. Because Miss Tomlinson called them. Because she had to. Because of Prevent. But now Miss Tomlinson and the police are gone, and all that's left is a shell-shocked class. Who knew Jamal? What did he do? And what is gonna happen next? A play about fear, friendship and the creeping polarisation of our society.
Wed 29 Mar | 7pm
MAPA (Millbrook Academy Performing Arts)
Writer Tim Etchells
We know facts. We know secrets. We have opinions, we have intuition and we have the stage. Status Update is an unflinching and funny catalogue of the things teenagers learn, believe and have sussed out about the world. From the ridiculous to the highly charged, all these truths and half-truths are laid bare before us, without the safety net of character or fiction.
Wed 29 Mar | 8.30pm
Bristol Grammar School
Fri 31 Mar | 8.30pm
Writer Harriet Braun
It's a long, hot summer. Six teenagers are in various states of lust, longing and unrequited love. A boy has a crush on the girl next door; only she's going out with the school heartthrob. Two teenagers meet for a blind date but they're both thinking about someone else. A shy girl with a secret makes friends with the most popular girl in her class. Only these are love stories with a difference: thanks to the inner voice trailing around after each character, we get to hear what they're all saying and thinking. Fortunately there's a narrator to keep us all on track, but there's a small problem: our narrator would much rather be on reality TV.
Thu 30 Mar | 7pm
Sundial Theatre Company
Writer Matthew Bulgo
‘How am I supposed to deal with... that... with the idea of... when I haven't dealt with life yet?!'
It's A-level results day and Jack has it all laid out in front of him. After a summer of love and laughter with his mates, he's off to university. He can't wait for 'Freshers' Week' and all the adventures that will follow. Life is just beginning and it couldn't be better. But when Jack gets blind-sided by a revelation about his health, he gets propelled into an adult world before he's had a chance to enjoy his youth. Will Jack be able to become an adult in time to save himself?
Thu 30 Mar | 8.30pm
John Cabot Academy
Writer Lizzie Nunnery
Raggi and her friends spend their free time in the woods and mountains around their sleepy fjord town playing games of Vikings, dragons and war. When soldiers occupy the town, they watch from their hut in the mountains: their friends and families beaten, silenced, abducted... Let down by the adult world they form The Snow Dragons, ‘the last line of resistance' carrying out sabotage missions. But this is no game, and true courage requires great sacrifice.
Fri 31 Mar | 7pm
St Brendan's Sixth Form College
£5/£8 Double Bill (plus booking fee)
In summer 2016 we began redevelopment works to transform our front of house King Street entrance into a welcoming, vibrant space that everyone will be able to enjoy. During this time, it will be business as usual in the Theatre with our brilliant programme on offer, however there are a few changes to how we'll be operating.
You are now invited to enter the Theatre through our Stage Door, walking in the footsteps of theatre legends such as Peter O'Toole, Daniel Day Lewis and Miranda Richardson.
Our new Theatre entrance can be accessed via Rackhay (BS1 4HJ) off Queen Charlotte Street, around the corner from King Street.
Click here for more information and updates on our Theatre entrance.
On performance days, tickets can be collected from Box Office situated in our Backstage Bar opening 90 mins prior to each performance.
For more information on accessibility, ticket collection, our Backstage Bar, arrival and drop-off at our Theatre plus updates on our redevelopment, click here.