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Peterborough’s top youth theatre group is celebrating success after winning the ultimate accolade of performing in the National Theatre Connections 2015 Festival.


Budding actors from Key Youth Theatre (KYT)  were invited to perform at the prestigious National Theatre at the heart of the capital city in July.


Connections is the National Theatre’s new writing programme, specifically for young people and more than 270 youth theatres and schools from across the UK took part in producing one of the 10 specially commissioned works from established writers.



KYT was specially invited to perform two of the 10 new plays by both established and emerging playwrights, at the festival which ran from July 1 to July 6.


For the award winning KYT this was not the first time the group had a presence at the National Theatre, with KYT alumni Robert Gilbert appearing in two productions as part of the National Theatre Company. He attended  their performance on July 2.

The group performed their piece ‘The Crazy, Sexy, Cool Girls Fan Club’ by writer Sarah Solemani, an up and coming actress who has appeared on TV in ‘Him and Her’ and ‘Bad Education’.


The group faced very stiff competition with their piece, but a fantastic performance at The Garage in Norwich helped to secure their trip to the National Theatre.


KYT director, Paul Collings said:


“We are so proud of what the young people of KYT have achieved. This is the reward that they all deserve for their dedication and talent. And it’s not just about the 10 that feature in this particular play, it’s about all of our members and we hope that as many of them as possible travel to London to support us.”


‘The Crazy, Sexy, Cool Girls Fan Club’ tells the story of a group of fan girls who are obsessed with the latest boy band on the block ‘The Band’ and explores the manipulative nature of the music industry. Paul said: “One of the biggest challenges was the song that features all the way through the play, as all the writer gave us was one line. So the group wrote and recorded their own pop song and even produced their own music video to accompany it!”


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