The Connections Festival 2017

On Thursday 29 June 2017, 3 students from Arthur Mellows Village College were successful in performing at The Connections Festival 2017 at The National Theatre with their theatre group; Kindred Youth Theatre (more commonly known as KYT) with their performance of Three by Harriet Braun.  The heart-warming play told the story of ‘a long hot summer’.  Six teenagers are in various states of lust, longing and unrequited love. A boy has a crush on the girl next door; only she’s going out with the school heartthrob. Two teenagers meet for a blind date but they’re both thinking about someone else. A shy girl with a secret makes friends with the most popular girl in her class. Only these are love stories with a difference: thanks to the inner voice trailing around after each character, we get to hear what they’re all saying and thinking. Fortunately there’s a narrator to keep us all on track, but there’s a small problem: our narrator would much rather be on reality TV.  Every year, The Connections Festival invites young people from across the UK to perform brand new plays and those successful are offered the chance to perform these in professional theatres.  
Rebecca Jones (a Sixth Form student from Arthur Mellows) created a gentle and naïve character discovering herself in a new school.  Her mature interactions and comically awkward encounters made the character believable and instantly likeable.  James Venters (another Sixth Form student) played the comical ‘inner voice’ of a character who desperately fancied the ‘popular girl next door’.  His comic timing was impeccable and received much raucous laughter.  Finally, Maddison Glendinning (a Year 11 student) created the ‘inner voice’ of the popular girl next door and tried desperately to stop the character falling for the stereotypical ‘geek’.  Former Arthur Mellows student, Jessica Ward, also featured in the production and had a hilarious moment on stage with a fast paced monologue in which she tried to disguise her discomfort in telling the new girl her feelings for her.  The whole thing was polished, creatively staged and hilariously funny.
As the Head of Drama at Arthur Mellows, I was filled with pride seeing the maturity and talent that the students showcased at such a prestigious venue!
Miss Clennett
Head of Drama