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National Theatre Connections 2022 – Superglue

4 April 2022
National Theatre Connections 2022 – Superglue

National Theatre Connections 2022 – Superglue

The Drama Department has had the fantastic opportunity to be involved in National Theatre Connections 2022. Every year, The National Theatre commissions ten new plays from some of the most exciting UK playwrights for young people to perform. In November, we cast sixteen Year 9 and 10 Drama students in Superglue by Tim Crouch, a play that tells the story of a group of climate activists gathering at a woodland burial site to say goodbye to their friend who died during a protest. We also invited three students to work on the technical aspects of the production. Since then, all have been hard at work in rehearsal, developing our version of Superglue, a play that will also be performed by a number of other schools and Youth Drama groups across the country.

On Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th March, our cast performed Superglue to a sold out home audience of family, friends, and members of staff. On Wednesday evening, we welcomed Director, Stephanie Kempson, from National Theatre Connections, as well as Abigail Walton and Clive Stephenson from our partner theatre, The North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to show their work to industry professionals, and also to engage in discussion about the play during a Q&A with Stephanie. Our visitors were so impressed by our students’ ability, passion, knowledge, and discipline, and were interested to learn about their process of translating Tim Crouch’s work from page to stage.

On Friday 29th April, we will be performing Superglue at The North Wall as part of its Connections Festival weekend. This will be a public performance, and tickets are available through The North Wall website. During their time at The North Wall, our students will watch other Connections performances, engage and connect with young people with similar interests and passions, and will also be taking part in workshops which will introduce them to new skills and types of theatre.

We are so incredibly proud of our students. They have grown as performers and as individuals, developed strong relationships that transcend Year and friendship group, and we are delighted that they have been able to benefit from such an enriching experience, especially as their experience of Drama and the world of theatre has been so adversely effected by COVID. We very much look forward to performing at The North Wall in a month’s time, and to being involved in National Theatre Connections again in the future. Dr J Lloyd

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