This weekend was a busy one for Y&T with sessions running at all our branches and NT Director’s Weekend. This is the second year that Y&T has taken part in the festival, and we are very excited about tackling our play Dungeness written by Chris Thompson.
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The weekend was an opportunity to learn new skills from other professionals in the industry, work with the playwright, and meet with our fellow directors and partner theatres.

The Friday started of with our registration and an exciting workshop on character movement techniques. This workshop centred around Laban techniques and we are looking forward to incorporating our new skills into developing our work.

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Saturday was the highlight of the weekend. We spent the day with Dungeness playwright Chris Thompson. It allowed us to break apart the text and analyse the characters. It was also an opportunity to ask any questions we had regarding the play.

Working alongside other professional directors we participated in exercises and games that allowed us to find moments in the text.
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The final day of the weekend was an important one. We got to discuss with our partner theatre what we can expect when we transfer our show. For the second year we are going to be in the heart of the west end at The Soho Theatre, and we couldn’t be more excited.
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This was followed with an exciting presentation on directing new writing with the National Theatre’s Artistic Director Rufus Norris and Tricycle Theatre’s Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham.
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Our final two workshops were on Transitions and Storytelling and Advanced Voice. It was brilliant to learn from some excellent practitioners and we always love having new games and exercises to bring back. Get ready Y&T Rep Company we have a new bag a tricks to bring to the table this Saturday.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the whole NT Connections team for all their hard work and for putting on an amazing weekend. We look forward to putting all these skills to good use and welcoming you to our home performances in the Spring.