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Riverbank Arts Centre is partnering with NT Connections to showcase plays by three Irish youth theatre companies Dramahouse, Kildare Youth Theatre and Ardclough Youth Theatre from 27-29th May 2021.  Due to Covid restrictions, these plays will be streamed online and they are entirely free to access. 

“We are delighted to offer our venue support and Riverbank’s online platforms to three fantastic youth theatre groups who, despite the ongoing lockdown, worked very hard workshopping and rehearsing the plays on zoom.” says Alex Rosiak, Acting Director of Riverbank Arts Centre. “We are also excited to partner with NT Connections who commission dynamic new plays for young people to perform each year, and we are looking forward to collaborating with them in the future.” 

Clint Dyer, Deputy Director of the National Theatre in the UK adds,  “Despite a global pandemic, and the closure of schools and theatres, it has been incredible to see the hard-work, dedication and passion that these young people, their teachers and youth theatre leaders have put into creating the performances.”

The plays chosen by the youth theatre companies  include  The Marxist in Heaven by Hattie Naylor (Dramahouse and Ardclough Youth Theatre), a provocative and upbeat play which shines its light on globalisation and asks the salient questions: Who are we, and what are we doing to ourselves? And Find a Partner! (Kildare Youth Theatre) in which playwright Miriam Battye rails against modern society’s obsession with reality television shows that aim to pair people up – a tragicomedy for our times.

Programme (all plays are FREE to book and available for 24 hours from schedule start time):

Thursday, 27th May
5pm Welcome to Connections 2021 – opening event  (ZOOM link will be sent by your Youth Theatre)

6pm    The Marxist in Heaven by Hattie Naylor  – Dramahouse – BOOK HERE

Friday, 28th May
6pm Find a Partner! by Miriam Battye – Kildare Youth Theatre – BOOK HERE

Saturday, 29th May
6pm  The Marxist in Heaven by Hattie Naylor – Ardclough Youth Theatre – BOOK HERE

A CONNECTIONS programme listing all the casts and creative teams is available as a downloadable PDF – click here!