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National connects with young people

Published 17 April 2008

The National Theatre has announced its 2007 season of new plays commissioned for and about young people, NT Connections, which runs in the Olivier and Cottesloe theatres from 12-17 July.

This year’s collection of nine new plays has been written by some of the best contemporary playwrights including David Farr, who is Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith; Dennis Kelly, whose plays include Osama The Hero and Taking Care Of Baby, soon to be seen at the Hampstead; and Roy Williams, writer-in-residence at the Almeida and the author of plays including Clubland, Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads and the adaptation of Absolute Beginners, presently at the Lyric Hammersmith.

The full list of plays is: Ruckus In The Garden, by Farr; Scary Play by Judith Johnson; DeoxyriboNucleic Acid by Kelly; Red Sky by Bryony Lavery; Show And Tell by Laline Paull; The Black Remote by Glyn Maxwell; A Year And A Day by Christina Reid; A Bridge To The Stars by Henning Mankell (in a new adaptation by John Retallack); and Baby Girl by Williams.

The plays will be performed by schools and youth theatres all over the UK and Ireland, in their home venues and at 16 regional partnership theatres. The week at the National is a showcase of each of the plays.

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