National Theatre Connections
TUE 21 - SAT 25 MAR
National Theatre Connections
THE MARLOWE STUDIO
The National Theatre Connections festival is a celebration of young people, theatre-making and the importance of access to the arts.
Each year the National Theatre commissions 10 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.
THE SNOW DRAGONS
Written by Lizzie Nunnery
Peformed by Rainham Mark Grammar 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.
TUE 21 MAR 6PM BOOK NOW
Written by Matthew Bulgo
Performed by Dukies Youth Theatre
"How am I supposed to deal with... that... with the idea of... when I haven't dealt with life yet?!"
It's A-level results day and Jack has it all laid out in front of him. After a summer of love and laughter with his mates, he's off to university. He can't wait for 'Freshers’ Week' and all the adventures that will follow. Life is just beginning and it couldn't be better. But when Jack gets blind-sided by a revelation about his health, he gets propelled into an adult world before he's had a chance to enjoy his youth. Will Jack be able to become an adult in time to save himself?
TUE 21 MAR 8PM BOOK NOW
Written by Kellie Smith
Performed by The St Leonards Academy and The Marlowe Youth 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.
Written Tim Etchells
Performed by The MidKent Players
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.
WED 22 MAR 8PM BOOK NOW
Written by Suhayla El-Bushra
Performed by The Canterbury Institute Of Performing Arts
Dani and Josh are the perfect high school couple. Their friends look on in envy as their love story unfolds on social media. But when the government switches off the internet for reasons of national security, the truth of their relationship is revealed. Told almost entirely through tweets, texts and status updates, Fomo takes a light, humorous look at the futility of comparing your own life to someone else's Instagram feed.
THU 23 MAR 6PM BOOK NOW
Written by Anders Lustgarten
Performed by reACT
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.
THU 23 MAR 8PM BOOK NOW
Written by Harriet Braun
Performed by St Richard's Catholic College
It’s a long, hot summer. Six teenagers are in various states of lust, longing and unrequited love. A boy has a crush on the girl next door; only she’s going out with the school heartthrob. Two teenagers meet for a blind date but they’re both thinking about someone else. A shy girl with a secret makes friends with the most popular girl in her class. Only these are love stories with a difference: thanks to the inner voice trailing around after each character, we get to hear what they’re all saying and thinking. Fortunately there’s a narrator to keep us all on track, but there’s a small problem: our narrator would much rather be on reality TV.
FRI 24 MAR 6PM BOOK NOW
ZERO FOR THE YOUNG DUDES!
Written by Alistair McDowall
Performed by Astor Youth Theatre and Gulbenkian Youth Theatre
The inmates at a bizarre summer camp are plotting a revolution. Or has it already happened? Spending a day watching their schedule of exercise, lessons and meals, a long history of unrest and injustice lies hidden, and as the day wears on, a violent future looms large on the horizon.
*Booking Fees Apply. By phone, in person & online: A 75p per ticket booking fee applies.
The maximum fee you will be charged when booking by phone or in person is £8. Booking fees are unlimited online.
An extra charge of £1 applies if you would also like your tickets posted. Marlowe Friends do not pay a postage charge. There is no booking fee made for group bookings of 15 tickets or more or customers with access needs, when booking by phone or in person.
The following per ticket fees apply when booking tickets at our theatre:
- Booking by phone and in person at our Box Office: £1 per ticket booking fee
- Booking online: 75p per ticket booking fee
- The Marlowe Friends (booking by phone, in person at the Box Office and online): 75p per ticket booking fee
- For all productions in The Marlowe Studio (booking by phone, in person at the Box Office and online): 75p per ticket booking fee
The maximum booking fee you will be charged, when booking your tickets in person or over the phone, is £8. If you book more than 15 tickets per transaction, in person or over the phone, you will not be charged a booking fee.
If you book online, you will be charged a per ticket booking fee for all of the tickets that you book, with no maximum booking fee charge. Customers with access needs are not charged a booking fee if booking by phone and in person.
An extra charge of £1 applies if you would like your tickets posted. The Marlowe Friends do not pay a postage charge.
Booking fees do not apply for creative workshops, school group bookings, artist talks and gift vouchers.