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Saturday
14
APR

Connections 2018: Day Five

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

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Act 1: Nottingham College - When They Go Low by Natalie Mitchell
Act 2: Flying High - Ceasefire Babies by Fiona Doyle

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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Ceasefire Babies by Fiona Doyle
Recommended for ages 14+

How do we form our allegiances and beliefs? Do we make our own decisions, or do we inherit them? Can a cycle of ideology and disagreement be broken? And who can take the first step?
The annual bonfire preparations are underway; Mikey’s coming home from the Centre and his sister Jamie cannot wait. But there is change in the air and not everyone’s ready for it. Jamie wants to reignite her father and uncle’s old conflicts, but Mikey and their friends must decide whether to take hold of their own destinies, or allow the ghosts of the past to dictate their futures.

Fiona Doyle – Why I Wrote this Play: "I’m interested in the nature of transgenerational trauma – how one generation passes trauma to another, causing unhealthy cycles of conflict and violence to continue. How is trauma inherited in the post-conflict countries where peace is often fragile and tensions continue to lurk just beneath the surface, waiting for the opportunity to reignite?"

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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