A Hemel Hempstead based theatre company has been selected to be profiled in the National Theatre’s digital Connections Festival 2021.
Brilliant Theatre Arts, along with the Barnet based Wren Academy Sixth Form Drama Society, were selected from 150 youth theatre groups across the UK.
Brilliant Theatre Arts will perform The Marxist in Heaven, a new piece of writing by Hattie Naylor.
They also performed the play at Royal & Derngate Northampton as part of their digital Connections festival.
Despite the challenges and disruption young people and theatres have faced due to the pandemic, this year 3,200 young people have taken part in Connections, performing ten specially commissioned plays from some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary playwrights.
Katie Sutton, a young company member at Brilliant Theatre Arts said: “Being a part of National Theatre Connections has been an out-of-this-world kind of opportunity.
“Not only has it been a rewarding, engaging and educational experience, but it’s allowed me to meet, work, and form friendships with the loveliest and most talented of people. Just being able to rehearse and perform in the strange circumstances of the last year has been incredible.”
Brilliant Theatre Arts provides high quality training and performance opportunities to young people who have an ambition to work in the arts industry. It has two youth theatres located in St Albans and Hemel Hempstead, and the Connections company is a mix of young performers from both areas.
Applications to take part in Connections 2022 are now open. To apply to take part, please visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/connections