Preview: National Theatre Connections @ Northern Stage
By Mark Grainger on March 28, 2012 in Stage
This week sees the Northern Stage play host to a showcase for the region’s most talented young theatre groups. The three day mini-season is taking place as part of National Theatre Connections, which is being billed as a ‘nationwide celebration of new writing and young theatre talent’, with The Northern Stage being one of twenty venues across the UK hosting the event.
Speaking about the festival, Ruth Johnson, The Northern Stage’s participation manager said: “We are extremely excited to be hosting the NT Connections Festival again for the 2nd year. After the success of last year, we are very much looking forward to seeing the emerging young talent from around the region.”
“It is such a great opportunity for young people to be performing world premieres of new plays by professional writers and gives them the chance to really shine on a professional stage.” She added, “We hope to make this a festival that grows and grows and represents young talent from our region on a national platform.”
Three productions will be staged across the rest of this week, with Prince Of Denmark, a prequel to Hamlet no less from South Shields’ The Custom’s House Youth Theatre, opening the festivities tomorrow and ending them on Friday. Thursday meanwhile sees performances of a ‘visceral, physical and fast-paced’ indictment of the Russian System (Ingenius Theatre’s The Grandfathers) and Superhero, ‘an inter-galactic sports adventure’, from Scarborough Youth Theatre.
Oh and there’ll also be a performance of Alice By Heart, a rock opera re-imagining of Alice In Wonderland on Friday from Stephen Joseph Youth Theatre with Fuse Theatre .Who says that the theatre doesn’t cater for all tastes?
- Connections – The Biggest Youth Theatre Festival On The Planet