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Local Youth Groups Take Part in ‘Biggest Youth Theatre Festival on The Planet’ at The SJT


A festival described by the National Theatre as ‘the biggest youth theatre festival on the planet’ comes to the SJT next month – and tickets for drama students across the Borough of Scarborough are free.

Connections is the National Theatre’s annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools. The 2016 cycle involves 12 writers, 500 youth theatre companies, 10,000 young people, 1200 performances, 41 partner theatres and 40,000 audience members across the UK and Ireland.

As one of the partner theatres, the SJT will welcome seven regional theatre groups between Thursday 10 and Saturday 12 March.

And thanks to a £1,700 grant from the Connections 500 Festival Enhancement Fund, which is run by the NT to help the development of the festivals locally, the theatre is able to offer free tickets for all the shows to all drama/theatre GCSE, BTEC, A Level and degree students in the Borough.

The seven shows are:

Thursday 10 March

Bedbug by Snoo Wilson, Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt, performed by the SJT Youth Theatre, Scarborough.

Blackout by Davey Anderson, performed by Northern Lights Theatre from Hull and East Yorkshire.

It Snows by Bryony Lavery, Steven Hoggett and Scott Graham, performed by Stockton Riverside College from Stockton-on-Tees.

Friday 11 March

What Are They Like? by Lucinda Coxon, performed by the 1812 Youth Theatre from Helmsley.

Bassett by James Graham, performed by High Tunstall College from Hartlepool.

Saturday 12 March

Eclipse by Simon Armitage, performed by Arts Spark from Darlington.

The Musicians, by Patrick Marber, performed by Page2Stage from Stockton-on-Tees.

Performances start each evening at 7pm.

SJT Community OutReach Officer Cheryl Govan says:
“Connections began 20 years ago after teachers and directors told the National Theatre that they wanted exciting and challenging new plays for young actors. Since then, the NT has commissioned and published more than 150 plays through Connections, giving young people aged 13 to 19 across the UK and Ireland access to the very best new writing for theatre, and valuable experience of professional theatre-making.

“For nearly 20 years now, the SJT has been delighted to welcome youth groups from around the region – we look forward to seeing their skill, creativity, commitment and passion in action. And this year, the festival will take place in The Round for the first time.”

To claim their free tickets, anyone studying drama or theatre at GCSE, BTEC, A level or degree level should book via the box office, in person or on 01723 370541, and show their free ticket pass. The passes are being delivered to as many schools and colleges in the area as possible by the SJT’s OutReach team, but are also available at the box office.

For more information on the National Theatre Connections, visit:

Connections is part of the SJT’s annual ReachOut festival (15 February to 13 March). Run by the theatre’s OutReach department, the  festival gets features a lively and compelling four-week programme of events for all ages, including community collaborations, play readings, a talent show, concert and workshops.

The SJT OutReach department works with, in and for the local community, encouraging people to engage with the work of the SJT through projects, courses, classes and work experience. It is committed to offering everyone the chance to get involved and participate in creative projects, develop new skills, make friends and have fun along the way.

For further information on the ReachOut Festival, please visit:

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