Masque Youth Theatre took part for the first time in 2018 in the National Theatre Connections Festival. This is an annual event which allows youth theatres and school casts to rehearse and perform one of ten new one-act plays, written specifically for young people by top playwrights. Groups first perform their chosen play in their home venue and then in a professional theatre, as part of the Festival.

MYT chose Dungeness by Chris Thompson. This is a piece about a group of LGBT+ teenagers living in a facility in Dungeness as they try to figure out how to commemorate an atrocity committed against the LGBT+ community on the other side of the world. This cast of eight performed it first at Northampton High School in late March and then at the Royal and Derngate on May 6th. We also spent the whole day in May at the Derngate both watching other Connections performances as well as rehearsing for ours and taking part in workshops. It was a terrific day and we are so incredibly proud of our MYT cast who not only delivered a fantastic performance but also were outstanding ambassadors for MYT.


Birdie                            Sophia Nicol

Orson                            James Simpkins

Adira                             Sonia-Maria Popazov

Jen                                 Aimee Pinney

Tana                              Katherine Smethers

Jotham                          Sam Blaxley

Caia                               Shawne Holland

Franny                           Nancy Hannam


Directors                      James Gillam and Tim Cole


We would also like to thank Northampton High School enormously for providing for us somewhere to rehearse and perform as well as loan of props, Masque Theatre for their support, Winchester House School for their loan of props, Park Lane Windows for providing the window and Caroline Rushton for her photography.