Theatre seeks teenagers for West End competition

Thame Youth Theatre
Thame Youth Theatre
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Young people from Thame could get the chance to perform in the West End after being chosen to take part in a national theatre competition.

Thame Youth Theatre is looking for teenagers to join after they were selected as one of 200 groups taking part in the National Theatre Connections Project for 2015.

Thame Youth Theatre

Thame Youth Theatre

Over the next year the group, which will be made up of 13 to 19-year-olds will be rehearsing a play, which has been written exclusively for the competition run by the National Theatre.

They will perform the play at their home venue, the new Phoenix Performing Arts studio at Lord Williams’s Lower School.

A guest director from the National Theatre will come and watch and then, if successful, they will compete against other groups at a professional venue next year.

From there, ten groups from across the country will be invited to perform in London’s West End.

Thame Youth Theatre

Thame Youth Theatre

Youth arts development manager at the theatre Thomas Mackriell said: “Connections is such a unique and exciting project for our members.

“The access to some of the nations top playwrights and theatre makers and to the National helps challenge and develop the youth theatre and give an opportunity for our members that they will never forget.

“This project also allows us to open our doors to many new members across our community and we would love any 13 to 19-year-olds to get in touch if you fancy a chance to perform at the National Theatre.”

Details of the play, which will be directed by Clare Gosling, will be announced next month.

Anyone interested in taking part in the project can call Tom on 07805 885846 or e-mail