The Lowry NT Connections Festival

In The Aldridge Studio

The National Theatre Connections festival is a celebration of young people, theatre-making and the importance of access to the arts. Each year we commission ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow.
  • Venue: The Aldridge Studio
The National Theatre Connections festival is a celebration of young people, theatre-making and the importance of access to the arts. Each year we commission ten 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.

Day tickets and weekend tickets are also available.

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Programme Information

Sat 1 April

7.30pm-8.30pm Extremism by Anders Lustgarten, performed by Marple Drama

The police just took Jamal away. Because Miss Tomlinson called them. Because she had to. Because of Prevent. But now Miss Tomlinson and the police are gone, and all that’s left is a shell-shocked class. Who knew Jamal? What did he do? And what is gonna happen next? A play about fear, friendship and the creeping polarisation of our society.

9pm-10pmThe Snow Dragons by Lizzie Nunnery, performed by Lymm High School

Raggi and her friends spend their free time in the woods and mountains around their sleepy fjord town playing games of Vikings, dragons and war.

When soldiers occupy the town, they watch from their hut in the mountains: their friends and families beaten, silenced, abducted... Let down by the adult world they form The Snow Dragons, ‘the last line of resistance’ carrying out sabotage missions. But this is no game, and true courage requires great sacrifice.

Sun 2 April

6pm-7pm Extremism by Anders Lustgarten, performed by Catholic High School

The police just took Jamal away. Because Miss Tomlinson called them. Because she had to. Because of Prevent. But now Miss Tomlinson and the police are gone, and all that’s left is a shell-shocked class. Who knew Jamal? What did he do? And what is gonna happen next? A play about fear, friendship and the creeping polarisation of our society.

7.30pm-8.30pm Status Update by Tim Etchells, performed by St Thomas More

We know facts. We know secrets. We have opinions, we have intuition and we have the stage. Status Update is an unflinching and funny catalogue of the things teenagers learn, believe and have sussed out about the world. From the ridiculous to the highly charged, all these truths and half-truths are laid bare before us, without the safety net of character or fiction.

9pm-10pm The Monstrum by Kellie Smith, performed by Sandbach School Theatre

In a cold village on the edge of nowhere, a disease has broken out, infecting the young and transforming them into monstrous creatures. The villagers fearfully watch their children for symptoms of the disease, whilst the Mayor has adopted tough measures for dealing with those who are infected. When Bolek, the local scholar, makes a breakthrough in finding a cure, few are prepared for the gruesome nature of the treatment. But with his own daughter showing signs of infection, there is no choice than to stop this terrible disease dead in its tracks.

A gothic melodrama about the terrifying onset of adolescence.

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