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Calderdale Theatre School has several original plays available for performance by other youth theatres. All have been successful and are available with production notes.

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National Theatre Connections

National Theatre Connections

Calderdale Theatre School was chosen to be part of National Theatre Connections 2012.

National Theatre Connections is a national festival of new writing and young theatre making. Exciting new plays, commissioned by the National Theatre, will be performed by youth theatre groups across the UK, with professional support from the NT and its partner theatres. Connections aims to inspire 13 to 19 year olds with high-quality new playwriting.

To celebrate our involvement, CTS putting on a production of not only one of the brand new plays for 2012 but also 3 other Connections plays chosen from the last decade. Expanding on the theme of connections, each pair of plays in the two week festival, have their own special connection.

The Prince of Denmark, by Michael Lesslie
Set a decade before the action of Shakespeare's play, Michael Lesslie's imagined prequel follows the teenage Hamlet, Ophelia and Laertes as they rage against the roles handed down by their parents. Secure in his position as the Danish heir, Hamlet sets his sights on romance and the pursuit of the newly arrived Ophelia. Her ambitious brother, Laertes, seizes the opportunity with the hope of enhancing his social standing.

After Juliet, by Sharman MacDonald
A tense truce holds between the Capulets and the Montagues after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Benvolio, Romeo's best friend, is in love with Rosaline, Juliet's cousin; but Rosaline is bent on revenge.

The Price of Denmark and After Juliet were performed at 7.30pm on 15th, 16th and 17th March 2012 at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax.

Cuba, Liz Lochhead
Set at the time of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. As events unfold and people begin to fear the worst, Barbara and Bernadette decide to mount their own school protest. Daring each other on, they take on the Establishment - but not without cost to their friendship.

The Queen Must Die, by David Farr
On the eve of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a papier-mache portrait of Her Royal Highness stands in Margaret Chivers' living-room in preparation for the Jubilee parade. Two factions converge on the house with the aim of vandalizing the portrait - three girls who can see no other way of escaping the embarrassment of having to dance in the parade, and three lads who want to make an anti-monarchist statement. An ingenious and topical comedy.

Cuba and The Queen Must Die were performed at 7.30pm on 22nd, 23rd and 24th March 2012 at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax.

Calderdale Theatre School would like to acknowledge the generous support towards their participation in NT Connections 2012 from: Hebden Bridge Rotary Club, Hebden Royd Town Council and Calderdale Small Grants for Voluntary organisations.

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