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Students perform at the Connections Festival

‘The National Theatre Connections festival is a celebration of young people, theatre-making and the importance of access to the arts. Each year the National Theatre commissions 10 new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow. With 29 local festivals taking place across the country, Connections is an unforgettable feast of theatre made by and for young people.’

This year the Level 2 Performing Arts students were selected to participate in the Connections Festival.  Following two home performances on the 28th February they then went on to perform at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury in late March.

Paul Ainsworth and The Marlowe Theatre staff gave us a warm welcome at 9.30am and looked after everyone all day! They spent the day working alongside the production crew and a National Theatre Connections Director, to tech and rehearse the show ready for the public audience at 8pm.

The group were also lucky enough to meet and chat with a local actor and Director/Producer/presenter Paul Hendry (best known for presenting ‘The Wheel of Fortune’).

The company watched another company perform and then went on stage to perform a premier of ‘Status Update’ written by Tim Etchells specially for Connections.  Followed by an after show party with the other company.  A great time was had by all! The students all stated that it was a great experience and some said ‘it was the best day ever!’