Connections Festival 2016

The National Theatre’s Connections festival celebrates the talent and passion of young theatre-makers.

In 2016, The National Theatre marked the 21st anniversary of Connections. 500 youth theatre companies and 10,000 young people from every corner of the UK, working with 45 partner theatres, performed twelve outstanding plays drawn from the 150 plus commissioned by the NT since the festival began.

The result is an unforgettable feast of theatre made by and for young people.


Poetical Word was asked to compere at a poetry and spoken word open mic at the end of each day’s theatre shows. The aim was for the participants to relax, unwind from the day's hard work and take part in something else creative. 

The dates were set; Wednesday 27th, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th April 2016. Poetical Word showed up to ensure all members felt welcome and remembered their time at the Watermans Theatre for the Connections Festival 2016.