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

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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. 

The following North East based youth theatres will be performing here at Northern Stage:



Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre

Stuff by Tom Wells

Barbara Priestman Academy Theatre Company

Flesh by Rob Drummond

Bedlington Academy Performance Group

Stuff by Tom Wells

Cramlington Youth Dramatic Society (CYDS)

Chaos by Laura Lomas

Curious Connections

terra / earth by Nell Leyshon & choreography by Anthony Missen

Gateshead College

Variations by Katie Hims


Stuff by Tom Wells

Queens Hall Youth Theatre

Salt by Dawn King

Royalty Theatre Youth Academy

Flesh by Rob Drummond

The Customs House Youth Theatre at Jarrow School

Chaos by Laura Lomas

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

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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.