Making world-class theatre accessible to young people nationwide

Shiv Jalota (Christopher) in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time schools tour. Photo: Richard Davenport

“In 20 years of teaching, this ranks as probably the best experience that I have been able to offer such a massive number of students. We run trips but to have 300 in one day was immense.”Teacher from Manchester on The Curious Incident Schools tour


The Mohn Westlake Foundation supports the National Theatre's nationwide learning programmes for young people. Connections, Let's Play, New Views and Schools Touring all aim to make world-class theatre accessible to under 19 year olds wherever they are in the UK, with particular focus on areas of lowest engagement with the arts.

Connections is a year-long festival in which over 5,000 young people rehearse and perform one of ten specially written plays. New Views offers 15-19 year olds support to write their own play, with the chance to have their work staged at the National Theatre. Let’s Play provides scripts and learning resources for primary school productions, with 42 schools benefiting over the past year; while Schools Touring brings world-class productions directly into school halls.

This year, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is playing to over 13,000 students and teachers from 92 schools, many of whom are experiencing theatre for the very first time.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time schools tour. Photos: Richard Davenport

When They Go Low by Natalie Mitchell, performed by CAPAS College as part of the Connections Festival 2018. Photo: Richard Davenport

“Like many other teens and many other people in our society I struggle a lot with my confidence and my motivation... Theatre has become a huge part of my life. Where once there was a time I found it a huge task to speak to people, I have now gained confidence in myself as a person.”Connections participant

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