Dark delights meet fantasy and humour at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 April 2017

NT Connections The Monstrum. Pic: Lidia Crisafulli

NT Connections The Monstrum. Pic: Lidia Crisafulli


Four thrilling plays featuring young performers come to Queen’s Theatre next week as part of the National Theatre’s annual Connections festival.

The initiative is a chance for children and teenagers across Britain to showcase their talents by performing in one of 10 new productions commissioned for the festival at regional theatres.

Connections celebrates young people, theatre-making and the importance of access to the arts and Queen’s Theatre’s learning and participation producer James Watson is looking forward to hosting the festival once again.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the National Theatre Connections festival for the second year running,” said James.

“Partnering on such a powerful project really is a special part of our annual programming for young people, which gives voice and opportunity to local young people by providing access to professional theatre and practices.

“This year’s plays are a terrific mix of new writing, performed by some hugely talented and diverse young companies.

“This truly is a celebration of all that youth theatre is and can be.”

On May 7, audiences can enjoy two terrific adventures with dark undertones in Zero For The Young Dudes!, performed by Green Shoes, and The School Film, presented by Outfield Productions.

Zero for the Young Dudes! tells the story of inmates at a bizarre summer camp plotting a revolution, while The School Film tells the tale of youngsters absorbing the adventures of characters in a 1940s black and white film – and all is not as it seems.

On May 8, audiences can take in Ormiston Rivers Academy’s performance of The Monstrom – a melodramatic gothic production about the horrors of approaching adolescence.

The last production will leave audiences in fits of laughter as Tomorrow’s Talent’s play Status Update is a funny show about the things that teenagers believe.

While they may be young, the performers are from some of the best youth theatre companies in the country and for £5 audiences can take in two of the plays.

The shows run from May 7-8 at Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch. For tickets, call 01708 443333 or visit

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