APPLICATIONS to take part in the National Theatre’s Connections festival are now open to school and youth theatre groups (ages 13-19) across Wales.  

Now in its 27th year, Connections is the National Theatre’s annual youth theatre festival which brings together talented young theatre-makers of tomorrow with some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary writers to produce and stage ten new plays.

Young participants will learn about theatre-making and be involved in every aspect of creating a professional theatre production through the programme. Participating groups will have the opportunity to perform one of 10 specially commissioned plays for young people at 29 leading regional theatres across the UK in Spring 2022, including local partner theatres Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Sherman Theatre in Cardiff.   

The Sad Club by Luke Barnes

Over 250 schools, youth theatre groups and voluntary organisations and over 3,000 young people take part in National Theatre Connections each year, taking part in workshops, masterclasses and mentoring sessions throughout the year. Ten youth companies will also be selected to perform their play at the National Theatre in Summer 2022 to showcase the brilliant work created across the UK.

Vickie Davies-Turley, Connections participant said, “Connections is a really great opportunity that I’m really grateful to be a part of. We have all thrown ourselves into this and it really helps people come together and work together to create something we’re all proud of. The chance we’re given is amazing and I hope Connections can be something that continues for other young people to experience.”

Chaos by Laura Lomas

Applications are open now and close on 1st September 2021. To apply and for more information please visit

The National Theatre’s Partner for Learning is Bank of America.

Connections is supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation, Buffini Chao Foundation, The Hearn Foundation, The Broughton Family Charitable Trust, The Peter Cundill Foundation, CHK Foundation, The EBM Charitable Trust, The Golsoncott Foundation, Henry Oldfield Trust, Katie Bradford Arts Trust, The John Thaw Foundation, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, Mulberry Trust, Sherling Charitable Trust, and The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.