Eclipse

“Stick to what we know and we’ll be fine.

Now a moment’s silence for Lucy Lime…”

Six friends are interviewed by the police after the disappearance of Lucy Lime, a strange unnerving girl - 'I am a walking Universe, I am' - whom they met beneath the cliffs on a Cornish beach, just before the total eclipse of the sun.

Connections is the National Theatre’s annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools. 2016 marks the festival’s 21st birthday, and to celebrate they have involved more organisations than ever. 12 plays, 500 youth theatres, 40 partner theatres and the chance to perform at the National Theatre.

The Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre has developed a reputation for new and innovative work over many years and has championed new writing as well as a fresh approach to classical texts. Previous successes have included Lord of the Flies, His Dark Materials, Welcome to Terezin and Forever Young.

Simon Armitage is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield and in 2015 was appointed Professor of Poetry the University of Oxford. He is the author of over a dozen collections of poetry, most recently Paper Aeroplane – Selected Poems 1989 - 2014, drawing on 25 years of published work. Simon Armitage is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2010 was made CBE for services to poetry.

 

Presented by The Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre

By Simon Armitage

Directed by Lucy Betts and Rob Cann

Presented as part of the National Theatre’s Connections Festival

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