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Performing Arts Students secure their place on ‘The National Theatre Connections Scheme’

Oct 29 2014

Dudley College have been accepted by the National Theatre Connections project for 2015.

The Connections Scheme is one of the world's largest celebrations of Youth Theatre. Produced by the National Theatre Learning Department, Connections was established in the mid-1990s as a response to a demand for new plays by highly respected contemporary writers for young people  to perform.

This National Theatre initiative sees 10 playwrights producing new plays specially written for young people. Schools, colleges, youth theatres must then submit an application to be selected to perform one of the plays, receive a workshop, receive feedback from an industry professional's and finally perform their production at The National Theatre in London.

Dudley College's involvement will mean that the students get to perform their production at the Warwick Arts Centre. The students performance will begin in Febuary/March at Dudley Evolve and in May at the Warwick Arts Centre. After this 10-12 companies will be selected from all of the participating groups to perform at The National Theatre in London.

As part of the scheme, directors are invited to a training weekend at the National Theatre where they will get the opportunity to meet and work with the writer of their chosen play, take part in practical workshops and meet their Partner Theatre.

The Directors' Weekend

Staff who are directing the college's production also get to benefit from the initiative. Early in October they attended The Directors Weekend, which included a series of workshops, lectures and talks included a vocal workshop with Danielle Lydon (Assistant Voice Coach at National Theatre), a comedy workshop with Adam Penford (Revival Director of One Man; Two Guvnors), an exploratory workshop with writer of 'Remote', Stef Smith and Director Caroline Steinbeis. Further workshops focused on acting, set design, sound design and a Q & A with the ten Connections writers. In addition to this Karl Veltman attended the first session of the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Theatre delivered by Selina Busby of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.