Through our Festival projects we celebrate theatre making and performing in a collaborative and joyful way, culminating in the presentation of work on our stages.

NT Connections

The theatre-makers of tomorrow

Each year the National Theatre commission ten new plays for young people to perform – 300 young companies and over 6,000 young people aged 13-19 years from across the UK are taking part this year. We are hosting 18 of these companies this May in our Studio theatre. Interested in taking part next year? Contact connections@nationaltheatre.org.uk


Performing new plays across the UK

Playhouse is a national collaboration between Theatre Royal Plymouth, Birmingham Rep, and York Theatre Royal. The three theatres work together to commission professional playwrights each year to write short plays specifically for large casts of young people aged 8 to 11 years to perform. This culminates in three festivals performing new plays across the UK.

Previous writers include Julia Donaldson, Mike Kenny, David Wood and Philip Ridley.

Each theatre works with schools in their city and supports the development of the teacher as a director. The project is launched with representatives from all schools coming together for a two day training retreat with the writers. Following the retreat, the teachers then return to school to rehearse the play with professional development opportunities throughout and the class perform their play in our Studio theatre in July.

We begin recruiting schools in the Autumn for the following years festival. If you would like more details please contact Julian Ollive, Education Associate, on 01904 658162, or schools@yorktheatreroyal.co.uk.

“Amazing experience! Final result is an enormous pride in what the children have achieved along with an increased confidence in own ability to run a production”

Schools participant