HMTP in National Theatre Connections Festival

Bassett Play 580

Heaton Manor Theatre Project will be performing at Heaton Manor on Tuesday March 15th and Wednesday March 16th at 6.30pm as part of National Theatre Connections – a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people.

HMTP will be performing "Bassett" by James Graham

At Wootton Bassett School the supply teacher has done a runner and locked the pupils in their classroom. Dean needs the toilet, Aimee needs a coffee, Amid needs to pray, and Leo... well, Leo really, really wants to escape. Outside, only yards from their confinement, a repatriation of fallen British soldiers is happening along the high street, as it has over a hundred times before through this quiet Wiltshire town. But this one is more personal than most. As factions form and secrets are revealed, maybe Leo is not the only one who'll want to get away. An exhilarating startling snapshot of a generation who have inherited a world at war.

HMTP is a fully inclusive community youth theatre group based at Heaton Manor and includes members from Y7 to Y13, who are responsible for all aspects of our productions.

Connections is produced by the National Theatre and supported by a number of individuals, trusts and foundations. Connections plays are commissioned for and about young people from some of the best contemporary playwrights, for performance by schools and youth theatres all over the UK and Ireland, making Connections one of the world’s largest celebrations of youth theatre.

For their 21st Anniversary, Connections is working with 500 youth theatres and schools to stage 12 fantastic plays, picked from the 150 plus they have commissioned for young people since 1995, and transfer their production to one of Connections 40 Partner Theatres across the UK.

James Graham

James Graham is a playwright and screenwriter whose play This House had its premiere at the Cottesloe Theatre (National Theatre) in September 2012, directed by Jeremy Herrin, and transferred to the Olivier in 2013 where it was nominated for the Best Play at both the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards.

Tory Boyz for the National Youth Theatre was performed at Soho Theatre; and The Whisky Taster had its premiere at the Bush Theatre in early 2010. James Graham has written the book for the Broadway musical Finding Neverland produced by Harvey Weinstein with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy. It opened in Boston in summer 2014 and transferred to New York in spring 2015.

His play The Vote was aired in real time on TV in the final 90 minutes of polling day during the 2015 General Election. His first film for TV, Caught in a Trap, was broadcast on ITV1 on Boxing Day 2008, and he was picked as one of Broadcast Magazine's ‘Hotshots’ in the same year.

He is developing original series and adaptations with Tiger Aspect, Leftbank, Kudos and the BBC. His film X and Y was produced by Origin Pictures and BBC Films, it opened in cinemas in spring 2015 starring Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan. James Graham is currently working on an adaptation of Mrs Queen Takes the Train for Harvey Weinstein, and 1984 for Scott Rudin and director Paul Greengrass.


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