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NT Connections in partnership with Buxton Opera House presents

NT Connections Festival 2024

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Saturday 23 March 6.30pm

Orchestra by Charlie Josephine 

Performed by PQA, The Pauline Quirk Academy of Performing Arts, Wolverhampton

A youth orchestra practices during half term holidays in preparation for a concert. Unexpected events cause them all to interrogate their relationship with success. How do you protect the joy of the process whilst also wanting to be the best? Is striving for artistic excellence worth the pressure of losing soul?


Shout by Alexis Zegerman

Performed by Buxton Opera House Senior Young Company

In a world full of words, how can Dana survive when she can’t speak? Dana has selective mutism, but that doesn’t stop her vivid imagination. Shout is a funny, moving play about anxiety, celebrating difference, and finding your voice. A play that wonders what exactly it takes to overcome anxiety and mental health issues when you’re a teenager. It’s not just the noise you make, that makes you who you are.

Sunday 24 March 6.30pm

Shout by Alexis Zegerman. Performed by Buxton Opera House Senior Young Company.


The Sad Club by Luke Barnes, with music by Adam Pleeth. Performed by Winstanley College Sixth Form Wigan.

This is a musical about depression and anxiety. It’s a collection of monologues, songs and duologues from all over time and space exploring what about living in this world stops us from being happy and how we might go about tackling those problems.

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  • Price: £10 (double bill)