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Each year the National Theatre commission 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 over 300 youth theatre companies and over 6000 young people across the country take part and perform at their regional theatres. Royal & Derngate are very proud to host the largest of the partner theatre festivals.

This year young performers and directors have been astonishing and completely resilient to create digital performances for an online festival taking place Sat 1 – Sun 9 May 2021.

We look forward to welcoming the following groups who will be performing their work and taking part in workshops, Q&As and all things Connections across the week.

Bedford College, Black Sheep Collective CIC, Brackley Youth Theatre, Brilliant Theatre Arts, Company of Teens, Huntingdon Youth Theatre, Northampton College, NMPAT Young Actors Company, North Hertfordshire College, Pump House CYT, Royal & Derngate Young Company, Silhouette Youth Theatre, Stagecoach Performing Arts Buckingham, Sawston Village College, Woodrush High School.

The brilliant plays for 2021 are:

Tuesday by Alison Carr, Look Up by Andrew Muir, The Changing Room by Chris Bush, Dungeness by Chris Thompson, Crusaders by Frances Poet, The Marxist In Heaven by Hattie Naylor, A Series of Public Apologies (In Response To An Unfortunate Incident In The School Lavatories) by John Donnelly, Wind/ Rush Generation by Mojisola Adebayo, Witches Can’t Be Burned by Silva Semerciyan, The IT by Vivienne Franzmann, Find A Partner by Miriam Battye, Like There’s No Tomorrow created by the Belgrade Young Company with Justine Themen, Claire Procter and Liz Mytton.