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Friday
13
APR

Connections 2018: Day Four

19:00
21:00
Derby Theatre
Event organized by Derby Theatre

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Act 1: Cast Ensemble - When They Go Low by Natalie Mitchell
Act 2: Derby Youth Theatre - [BLANK] by Alice Birch

When They Go Low by Natalie Mitchell
Recommended for ages 14+

Social media is in a frenzy over pictures of Sarah at a party on the weekend – no one knows quite what she got up to. When Miss Reef lectures the girls on taking more responsibility for their actions, Louise becomes enraged that the boys who took the pictures aren’t made accountable too. She wages war on the misogyny but when she threatens school stalwart Scott and his claim to the School Captain title, things get very nasty. A website appears, rating the girls on their appearance and shaming them for their actions. When They Go Low is about everyday feminism and the changing face of teenage sexuality in an online world. When they go low, we go high.

Natalie Mitchell – Why I Wrote this Play: "When They Go Low was inspired by the true story of a group of teenage girls in Manchester who attempted to set up a feminist society at their school, and the backlash they experienced. The play asks questions about why the ‘F’ word is so inflammatory, how misogyny has become normalised, and why equality might feel emasculating to some people, without necessarily finding the answers."

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[BLANK] by Alice Birch
Recommended for ages 14+

A play about adults and children impacted by the criminal justice system... except the adults aren’t really around. A series of 50 scenes - some of which may feel connected, others less so. It’s about what life is like when the adult generation feel absent from it. One of the companies performing [Blank] will be Derby Youth Theatre, Derby Theatre’s resident company of young actors who presented Laura Lomas’ The Blue Road in 2017.

Alice Birch – Why I Wrote this Play: "I was interested in writing a piece of theatre that gives as much control over to companies as possible, whilst still remaining a robust piece of theatrical writing. I’m interested in the often cyclical nature of violence and incarceration, particularly around women in prison, and children who are inevitably left behind – the unacknowledged victims of crime.

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Connections is the National Theatre's annual festival for 11 to 25 year olds. Each year ten new plays are commissioned and performed by youth theatre companies around the UK.

Show your support for the theatre makers of tomorrow and join us for a regional showcase with 9 talented groups from across the Midlands.

Plays and Performances: https://www.derbytheatre.co.uk/connections-festival-2018-performances

On Saturday 14 April we will also be holding a day of workshops for everyone aged 11 to 25: https://www.derbytheatre.co.uk/connections-festival-2018-workshops