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Model Behaviour at Westacre Theatre as part of National Theatre Connections Festival

Westacre Theatre is once again participating in the National Theatre Connections Festival as its youth theatre company presents Model Behaviour this spring.

After just one full week of intensive rehearsals, nine dedicated young actors will present their contribution to the NT Connections Festival on Saturday, February 18. NT Connections is an annual festival where the National Theatre commissions new plays specifically for young actors to perform.

Taking place all round the country, companies of young performers stage their chosen play in both a ‘home’ venue and then tour to a partner venue.

NT Connections, Westacre Theatre
NT Connections, Westacre Theatre

The Westacre Theatre actors will put on Model Behaviour by Jon Brittain, before they tour to The Garage in Norwich later in the year.

Model Behaviour is a high-energy comedy featuring a group of school students who are taking part in a model UN activity with their teacher. The Westacre Theatre young actors will again be working under the expert directorial hands of directors Sadie and Matt Grist.

Sadie says: “We are delighted to be taking part in NT Connections again this year – with such a relevant and topical play. Encouraging and nurturing young performers is at the heart of what we do here at Westacre Theatre.

“Our intensive week of rehearsals is hard work, but it builds a strong company who will give their all to this brilliant play. Don’t miss it!”

Some 20 young actors came to throw their hats in the theatrical ring for a chance at a part.

Nine were offered roles and opening night will be at 4pm and 7pm.

“Aren’t the United Nations the ones who wanted to take over the Avengers in Captain America?”

Matt says: “Sadie and I began our own theatrical careers in youth theatre just like this so it is always special to offer the same sort of opportunities we benefited from.”

Another performance will take place on Saturday, April 29 at 7pm.

Tickets are £10 and are available online at www.westacretheatre.com or via the box office on 01760 755007.

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