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Coleg Sir Gâr is one of only twelve school and youth theatre groups chosen to participate in the National Theatre’s annual Shell Connections festival from 6 - 12 July. The opportunity to perform a new play “Lunch in Venice” by leading contemporary playwright Nick Dear on the NT’s Cottesloe stage marks the culmination of the 2005 Shell Connections programme. This year the programme has involved nearly 300 companies from all over the UK and Ireland performing in their home venue and at 16 regional festivals.

Director and Development Manager for the Performing Arts Ioan Hefin said: “The performing arts department at Coleg Sir Gâr has developed rapidly over the past three years and the culmination of that growth is the opportunity to showcase our students in London. This is an incredible opportunity with a wonderful new script by Nick Dear. The National Theatre is such a prestigious and daunting venue for any actor and the students are now starting to appreciate the scale of this incredibly challenging and mind-blowing experience! The Shell Connections has become an inspirational festival for authors, young performers and audience members, and we will now have an opportunity to compare ourselves with the rest of the country and put Carmarthenshire on a dramatic map!

Coleg Sir Gâr will be performing “Lunch in Venice” by Nick Dear at the National Theatre on Saturday 9th of July at 7.00p.m.. There will also be an opportunity to catch a performance in Theatr Elli prior to the London visit on Tuesday June 14th (7.00p.m.) as part of “CS Gas Cannister 01” with Music Technology and Media Production.

Now in its third year of partnership with Shell in the UK, Shell Connections is one of the world's largest celebrations of Youth Theatre. Produced by the National Theatre, the programme was established twelve years ago and gives 11-19 year-olds the chance to work on challenging, specially commissioned plays both on stage and behind the scenes.

Shell’s sponsorship of Connections helps thousands of young people, every year, from all backgrounds to develop their skills and abilities through theatre.

James Smith, Shell UK Chairman, said: “Shell UK is proud to again be working with the NT on Shell Connections. Whether performing or behind the scenes, the new responsibilities and challenges the young people face should be a great boost to their confidence and motivation. I wish all those involved in the NT festival every success.”

Nicholas Hytner, Director of the National Theatre added: “Shell Connections is a seismic boom of activity that challenges and pushes the boundaries of theatre on an enormous scale. Fuelled by some of the best writers around, the extraordinary energy, commitment and imagination of young people and their directors spans the whole of the country.”

Ioan Hefin
Rheolwr Datblygu’r Celfyddydau Perfformio / Development Manager Performing Arts
Coleg Sir Gar
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