On the 2nd and 4th March our Connections group performed their National Theatre Connections Festival play ‘When They Go Low’ – a brand new piece of theatre written by Natalie Mitchell.
The group did two fantastic performances of this play, which is about feminism and equality, and we are all very proud of them. This is the third time our Connections group have been part of this nationwide festival, and we feel proud and privileged to be able to take part. If you missed this performance, they will also be performing at The Garage Theatre in Norwich on 24th April at 2pm – to get tickets, please call The Garage on 01603 283382
Well done to our Connections group on two truly brilliant performances.
See the press release below!
 20Twenty Academy, part of 20Twenty Productions CIC will be performing ‘When They Go Low’ by Natalie Mitchell at the March Town Hall on the 2nd and 4th March as part of National Theatre Connections- a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people.

‘When They Go Low’ is one of 10 brand new plays written especially for Connections by a selection of the best playwriting talent in the UK.

“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.”

This play contains strong language and is suitable for ages 15+

National Theatre Connections is one of UK’s largest celebrations of youth theatre. Plays are commissioned for and about young people, from some of the best contemporary playwrights, and performed by schools and youth theatres all over the UK and Ireland

In 2018, National Theatre Connections is working with up to 270 youth theatres and schools to stage 10 newly commissioned plays, adding to the 160+ plays the National Theatre have commissioned for young people since 1995. All the companies will transfer their production to one of 28 Connections Partner Theatres across the UK.

Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, said:

‘Connections is at the heart of the National Theatre’s work for young people and one of the most exciting and important projects we do. We think it’s vital that young people, wherever they are in the country and whatever their future path, have a chance to get involved in theatre.’

Geri Crooke, director of the 20Twenty Connections group says: “We have been part of the Connections festival for three years now, and we feel so lucky and proud to be in this position. This is an amazing opportunity for young people in Fenland, and we cannot wait to perform in March and Norwich.”

To book to see 20Twenty Academy’s Connections group perform ‘When They Go Low’ at the March Town Hall on 2nd March at 7:30pm or 4th March at 2pm – contact the 20Twenty office: 01354 652769 or email geri@20twentyproductions.co.uk

This play contains strong language and is suitable for ages 15+

The 20Twenty Connections group will be holding auditions for new members in May, if you know a young person age 14 to 18 who might be interested in being part of this group, please contact Geri: geri@20twentyproductions.co.uk, 01354 652769

For further information on the show or the group, contact geri@20twentyproductions.co.uk or to find out more about National Theatre Connections, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/connections

Notes to editors

•National Theatre Connections is kindly supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation, The Buffini Chao Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Jacqueline and Richard Worswick, MacTaggart Third Fund, The EBM Charitable Trust, Samantha and Richard Campbell-Breeden, The Garvey Family Trust, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, The Derrill Allatt Foundation, Hays Travel Foundation, Faithorn Farrell Timms and supporters of the Connections Appeal. The National Theatre’s Partner for Learning is Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

• National Theatre Connections is an annual event, this year, it will involve 270 young theatre groups and 28 leading Partner Theatres from across the UK and Ireland.

• More information on the National Theatre Connections programme can be found at nationaltheatre.org.uk/connections

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