National Theatre Connections

On 16 and 17 March Alton College students will work alongside Stagecoach, Liphook in a National Theatre Connections Project, the play will be performed in the Wessex Arts Theatre on campus.  Stagecoach Liphook’s Further Stages students, aged 16 – 18 years, were successful in obtaining a place in the National Theatre Connections Festival for this year, and are working in partnership with Alton College to perform the newly written play ‘Dungeness’, commissioned for the project, at the College.

The play, by Chris Thompson, is based in a remote part of the UK, where nothing ever happens and a group of teenagers share a safe house for LGBT young people. While their shared home welcomes difference, it can be tricky for self-appointed group leader Birdie to keep the peace. The group must decide how they want to commemorate an attack that happened to LGBT people, in a country far away. How do you take to the streets and protest if you’re not ready to tell the world who you are? If you’re invisible, does your voice still count? A play about love, commemoration, identity and protest.

Alton College students involved in the project are from a variety of subjects including a textiles student helping to design part of the costumes, a photography student taking rehearsal and production shots and a music technology student helping with the technical aspects of the play. 

The students will perform a matinee to local secondary schools on 16 March and there will be two public performances at 3pm and 6pm on 17 March. Tickets cost £6 (£5 concessions) and are available to purchase here

Following on from Alton College the group will then be performing at The Theatre Royal in Bath.