Connections is the National Theatre’s nationwide youth theatre festival.

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Each year it offers a unique opportunity for youth theatres and school theatre groups to stage new plays written for young people by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights, and to perform in leading theatres across the UK. 

Northern Stage is a Partner Theatre for the annual festival, with performances from eight companies as part of the nationwide Connections Festival.  

Connections is supported by

The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Buffini Chao Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Jacqueline and Richard Worswick, Mactaggart Third Fund, The EBM Charitable Trust, Samantha and Richard Campbell-Breeden, The Garvey Family Trust, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, Anthony P. Skyrme, The Derrill Allatt Foundation, Hays Travel Foundation, Faithorn Farrell Timms and supporters of the Connections Appeal


09-May, 7pm Peanuts present The Blue Electric Wind by Brad Birch Barbara Priestman Academy present Want by Barney Norris
10-May, 7pm Fusion Project Youth Theatre present Ceasefire Babies by Fiona Doyle Young People's Theatre present The Blue Electric Wind by Brad Birch

11-May, 7pm

Customs House present Ceasefire Babies by Fiona Doyle Dumfries Youth Theatre present Dungeness by Chris Thompson

12-May, 7pm

NYTP present [ BLANK ] by Alice Birch (a co-commission with Clean Break) Jackass Youth Theatre present These Bridges by Phoebe Eclair-Powell

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Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area.

Buggy parking is available within Stage 3. To discuss any access needs, please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.