NT Connections Festival: THE IT

National Theatre Connections Suitable for all ages
9 June 2021 Main House Salisbury Playhouse


Wednesday 9 June at 7.30pm

NT Connections Festival: The IT 

The IT is a play about a teenage girl who has something growing inside her. She doesn't know what it is, but she knows it's not a baby. It expands in her body.  It starts in her stomach, but quickly outgrows that, until eventually it takes over the entirety of her insides.  It has claws.  She feels them.  Does it have teeth, skin, and hair as well, or is that feathers, or spikes she can feel, butting up against her organs?  What is it?  It makes a noise, like a lizard or a snake.  No one must know about it.  She has to keep its presence, its possession of her, concealed.   She pulls away from her friends. She refuses to speak in case The It is heard. Then the It tries to escape from her body. She can't let that happen. She cuts an isolated weird figure at school, trying to live her life 'normally; but battling to keep The It inside of her. But she can't contain it forever, sooner or later something's got to give... 

Presented in the style of a direct to camera documentary, this is a darkly comic state of the nation play exploring adolescent mental health and the rage within, written very specifically for today.  


The IT by Vivienne Franzmann will be performed live on stage at Salisbury Playhouse, by Corn Exchange Newbury Intermediate Youth Theatre. 

“We are delighted that our Intermediate Youth Theatre group will be returning to live performance this summer and performing in such a fantastic space. Our Intermediate youth theatre members are an incredibly talented group of young performers and it is at this stage in their youth theatre journey with us that they really hone in on their skills as an ensemble. The It is a brilliant text to show off everything they have learnt and it will be a fantastic way to culminate the youth theatre year, which has been challenging to say the least.” Charlotte Hall, Head of Programming and Engagement, Corn Exchange Newbury 


About the Playwright:  

In 2008, Vivienne Franzmann won a Bruntwood Playwriting Award for her first play Mogadishu and was awarded the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright in 2010. Her next play, The Witness premiered at the Royal Court, London in 2012. In 2014, Vivienne’s play Pests, written for the theatre company Clean Break, was performed at the Royal Exchange and the Royal Court. In 2016, The Snow Queen was performed at the Bristol Old Vic. In 2017, Bodies premiered at the Royal Court, London. She has written for Channel 4, BBC 1, Radio 4 and Radio 3. In 2014, Vivienne was awarded a BAFTA for her short film for children, Lizard Girl. Vivienne has taught playwriting nationally and internationally. 


About NT Connections:  

Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK's most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow.  

Every year, 300 youth theatre companies and over 6,000 young people from every corner of the UK produce a Connections play. This year the Connections programme has been adapted to be as flexible as possible, responding to the restrictions in place due to Covid-19. 

Wiltshire Creative is delighted to be a partner theatre this year, sharing live and digital performances from young people in our region between 9 - 11 June 2021.  



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