Wed 13 Jan 2021

Shetland Youth Theatre Company (12-19 years) have been selected to take part in National Theatre Connections. Working with Director Stephenie Pagulayan, they will be mentored online through National Theatre, and will have the chance to perform their production in Spring 2021.  

Join us for a FREE read-through taster session on 13 January to explore the play we are working on for Connections, then sign up for a block of 9 sessions where we will work on casting and developing the production. The second stage of Connections is signing up to a full week of intensive sessions from 29 March - 2nd April, (£70 for the week, 10am - 4pm every day) building up to the performance on 3 April. 

This is a really exciting opportunity for young drama enthusiasts to be part of a national programme, which will provide us with a partner theatre to share and develop work.  

"Connections is the National Theatre’s nationwide youth theatre festival. Each year it offers a unique opportunity for youth theatres and school theatre groups to stage new plays written for young people by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights, and to perform in leading theatres across the UK. 

This year we will work with 300 youth theatres and schools to stage ten fantastic plays especially commissioned by the National Theatre for Connections. We’ll provide all the support you’ll need and you’ll have the chance to stage your play in one of our leading partner theatres across the UK. 

Connections 2021 will involve talented young people from right across the UK, and inspire and entertain audiences with plays for and about young people that are current, challenging and resonant. This year we are adapting the Connections programme to be as flexible as possible, and to respond to the restrictions in place due to Covid-19".

For more information, see here  


Dates are as follows:

Wednesday 13 Jan  -  FREE taster session

Wednesday 20 Jan  

Wednesday 3 Feb 

Wednesday 10 Feb 

Wednesday 17 Feb 

Wednesday 24 Feb 

Wednesday 3 March 

Wednesday 10 March 

Wednesday 17 March 

Wednesday 24 March 


Intensive sessions  

Monday 29 March – Friday 2 April

The intensive will be available to book separately later in the term. 



Saturday 3 April 

All sessions will initially run via zoom, however, they will move back to Mareel as soon as government guidance changes. 


Siblings are entitled to a 20% discount 


Our Youth Arts sessions are supported by The Robertson Trust.