This production is part of the Connections 500 festival with the National Theatre.
The orchestra of Ridley Road, a state school, is to give a concert in Moscow at the European Festival of Youth, playing Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony before an audience of cultural bigwigs. But their instruments
have been impounded by Customs. Luckily, Alex, the Russian boy who cleans the hall, is a devout ‘Pinball Wizard’ fan who comes up with a plan that saves everyone.
Patrick Marber - Writer
Plays for the National include Dealer’s Choice (also Vaudeville and MTC in New York), Closer (also Lyric, London, and Music Box, New York), Howard Katz (also Roundabout, New York); and The Musicians for NT Connections. Other plays include After Miss Julie (also Roundabout, New York) and Don Juan in Soho at the Donmar Warehouse; and Hoop Lane for BBC Radio 3. TV includes co-writing Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge, Paul & Pauline Calf Video Diaries and The Curator. Film includes Closer, Notes on a Scandal, Old Street and Love You More. Radio includes co-writing Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge and Bunk Bed (with Peter Curran). The Red Lion and Three Days in the Country opened at the National Theatre in 2015.
Connections is the National Theatre’s annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools. The 2016 Connections cycle will involve:
500 Youth Theatre Companies
10,000 Young People
41 Partner Theatres
40,000 Audience Members
Connections began 20 years ago when teachers and directors told us that they wanted exciting and challenging new plays for young actors. Since then the NT has commissioned and published more than 150 plays for Connections, giving young people aged 13-19 across the UK and Ireland access to the very best new writing for theatre.
Connections gives young people experience of professional theatre-making. Their experience mirrors that of a company producing a new play in any theatre in the country. They create marketing campaigns, design sets and costumes, operate lighting and sound boards, stage-manage their performances. In 2016, each company will experience performing in a leading regional theatre, at one of the Connections festivals around the country.
Each year the Connections team travels the length and breadth of the country to support and encourage the participants – the drama teachers and youth theatre directors who take on the challenge of staging a new play, and the young theatre companies. Each year we are thrilled by the skill, creativity, commitment and passion that go into each production, often on a shoestring budget and a rehearsal schedule carved out around school commitments.
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