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NT Connections Festival 2020 - Southampton

26 March, 2020 - 04 April, 2020

  • wheelchair access
  • hearing enhancement
  • assistance dogs

Nuffield Southampton Theatres for National Theatre Connections 2020 present

NT Connections Festival 2020 - Southampton

26 March – 4 April at NST City Studio 



Performance Schedule

Please note: Each performance date will feature a different group(s) performance. Please carefully check the performance schedule below to ensure you are booking for the correct date


Thursday 26 March, 7pm

Nuffield Southampton Community Youth Theatre perform The Changing Room by Chris Bush


Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre perform Witches Can't Be Burned by Silva Semerciyan


Friday 27th March, 7.45pm

Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre perform Witches Can't Be Burned by Silva Semerciyan


Monday 30th March, 7pm

New College, Swindon perform THE IT by Vivienne Franzmann

The performance this evening will be accompanied by a production of an NST, Itchen College partnership project responding to the increased incidence of knife crime in the city. This production is funded by Southampton City Council’s Violence Reduction Unit.


Tuesday 31st March, 7pm

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, Eastleigh perform Crusaders by Frances Poet


The Bourne Academy, Bournemouth perform Tuesday by Alison Carr


Wednesday 1st April, 7pm

Ringwood School, Ringwood perform THE IT by Vivienne Franzmann


The Swanage School, Swanage perform Dungenness by Chris Thompson


Friday 3rd April, 7pm

High Definition Drama, Highcliffe High School, Christchurch perform Tuesday by Alison Carr


St Peter's School, Bournemouth perform Wind/Rush by Mojisolo Adebayo


Saturday 4th April, 7pm

Phenix Youth Theatre, Winchester perform Crusaders by Frances Poet   


Weymouth Drama Club Curtain Raisers, Weymouth perform A series of public apologies (in response to an unfortunate incident in the school lavatories) by John Donnelly


Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre perform Witches Can't Be Burned by Silva Semerciyan

The Changing Room by Chris Bush

A lyrical piece about existing on the cusp of growing up. Are we teenagers? Are we children? What are we? It's about bodies in flux and perspectives shifting; knowing change is coming but not what that change will look like. Set in and around a swimming pool, The Changing Room follows a group of teens full of excitement, impatience and uncertainty, each with their own secret worries and desires for what comes next.


Witches Can't Be Burned by Silva Semerciyan

St Paul’s drama department are staging Arthur Miller’s The Crucible but their leading lady has grown tired of how women are portrayed in classic plays. This leads to a confrontation of epic proportions as she seeks to break with tradition, before tradition breaks her.

Witches Can’t Be Burned examines the perception of female characters, the meaning of loyalty, our values and traditions.


THE IT by Vivienne Franzmann

THE IT is a play about a teenage girl who has something growing inside her. She doesn't know what it is, but she knows it's not a baby. It expands in her body.  It starts in her stomach, but quickly outgrows that, until eventually it takes over the entirety of her insides.  It has claws.  She feels them.  Does it have teeth, skin, and hair as well, or is that feathers, or spikes she can feel, butting up against her organs?  What is it?  It makes a noise, like a lizard or a snake.  No one must know about it.  She has to keep its presence, its possession of her, concealed.  She pulls away from her friends. She refuses to speak in case The It is heard. Then the It tries to escape from her body. She can't let that happen. She cuts an isolated weird figure at school, trying to live her life 'normally; but battling to keep The It inside of her. But she can't contain it forever, sooner or later something's got to give... Presented in the style of a direct to camera documentary, this is a darkly comic state of the nation play exploring adolescent mental health and the rage within, written very specifically for today. 


Crusaders by Frances Poet

A group of teens gather to take their French exam but none of them will step into the exam hall. Because Kyle has had a vision and he’ll use anything, even miracles, to ensure his classmates accompany him. Together they have just seven days to save themselves, save the world and be the future.  And Kyle is not the only one who has had the dream.  All across the globe, from Azerbaijan to Zambia, children are dreaming and urging their peers to follow them to the promised land.  Who will follow?  Who will lead?  Who will make it?


Tuesday by Alison Carr

The play centres on an ordinary Tuesday that suddenly turns very weird indeed when a tear rips across the sky over the school yard. Not only that, but it starts sucking up pupils and staff while at the same time raining down a whole new set of people. But then, that’s what happens when parallel worlds collide! Confusion reigns as the ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ try to work out what is going on. How are Ash and Magpie identical? Can Billy cope with having his sister back? Who is Franky? Eventually, though, cracks appear between the two groups. As the air here starts to disagree with the ‘Them’, the race is on to try to get things back to how they were and safely return everyone to the Universe they came from. The play touches on themes of friendship, sibling love, family, identity, grief, bullying, loneliness and responsibility. And in the process we might just learn something about ourselves as well as some astronomical theories of the multiverse!


Dungeness by Chris Thompson

In a remote part of the UK, where nothing ever happens, a group of teenagers share a safe house for LGBT+ young people.  While their shared home welcomes difference, it can be tricky for self-appointed group leader Birdie to keep the peace. The group must decide how they want to commemorate an attack that happened to LGBT+ people, in a country far away. How do you take to the streets and protest if you’re not ready to tell the world who you are? If you’re invisible, does your voice still count? A play about love, commemoration and protest.


Wind/Rush by Mojisolo Adebayo

This is a play about the British Isles, its past and its present.  Set in a senior common room, in a prominent university, a group of 1st year undergraduates are troubled, not by the weight of their workload, but by a ‘noisy’ ghost.  So they do what any group self-respecting and intelligent university students would do in such a situation – they get out the Ouija Board to confront their spiritual irritant and lay them to rest – only to be confronted by the full weight of Britain’s colonial past – in all its gory glory.  However, if you think you know about British history, Empire, slavery, economics, racism and humanity, then this play might get you to think again. As the planch on the Ouija Board skates from letter to letter at an ever-increasing breakneck speed, the students are catapulted through space and time, witnessing the injustices, incongruities and inhumanity of the past. This is a smorgasbord of genres and styles. Fusing naturalism, with physical theatre, spoken-word, absurdism, poetry and direct address – this is event-theatre that whips along with the grace, pace and hypnotic magnetism of a hurricane.


A series of public apologies (in response to an unfortunate incident in the school lavatories) by John Donnelly

This satirical play is heightened in its naturalism, in its seriousness, in its parody and piercing in its interrogation of how our attempts to define ourselves in public are shaped by the fear of saying the wrong thing.  Presented quite literally as a series of public apologies this play is spacious, flexible and welcoming of inventive and imaginative interpretation as each iteration spirals inevitably to its absurdist core.  This is a play on words, on convention, on manners, on institutions, on order, online and on point.

Tickets: £6  (per person per evening)