Introducing this year's Connections play
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This year’s National Theatre Connections play is called ‘The Wind/Rush Generation(s)' by Mojisola Adebayo.
It follows the historical story of the first cruise ship built, named the Monte Rosa, in Hamburg as it transports Jews from Norway to German camps. It is captured by the British and becomes an ‘Empire’ ship sent to the Caribbean to transport a much-needed work force at the end of WW2.
There are some uncomfortable historically accurate moments as a group of University history students uncover episodes of the past in light of the Windrush scandal a year ago.
We have a cast of 14 people from our Young Company, but there is the possibility that more could join the group and take part.
The National Theatre puts on a Directors' Weekend every year, where group leaders can learn more about the plays they will perform.
Carrie attended it at the National Theatre between 11 -13 October and she worked with the writer Mojisola and other youth directors to explore the play. She took part in skills based workshops and watched a play too.
We will perform The Wind/Rush Generation(s) on Saturday 14 March at the Bonington Theatre alongside another group form Nottingham performing a different play.
We will also perform it at the Nottingham Playhouse at the end of April.
Details of how to book tickets will be announced here closer to the time!
Each year the National Theatre commissions ten 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, 300 youth theatre companies and over 6,000 young people from every corner of the UK are producing a Connections play this year.
One version of each play is invited to perform at the National Theatre in early July. We were lucky to have our musical ‘Alice by Heart’ chosen in 2012 and we are always hopeful we may be invited again.
This is our tenth year of being involved in the festival.
The themes and plots of our past plays have been:
- Life changing totally for a young person after suddenly becoming wheelchair bound after a car accident.
- A full musical with six part harmonies based on Alice in Wonderland and adolescent issues.
- Panicking students having being told they only had 45 minutes to complete their UCAS applications.
- A shop set in Egypt which sold speech tokens for young people to have a voice in a place of unrest.
- The Edelweiss Pirates – a brave, unaware group of young people opposing Hitler’s regime in the early part of WW2.
- A class of students from Wootton Bassett who were prevented from paying their respects at a repatriation.
- A young person coming to terms with a suspected brain tumour and its effect on relationships.
- The effect of the troubles on the young people of Northern Ireland today.
- A series of vignettes highlighting concerns of young people in today’s chaotic and sometimes frantic world.