Project information

LOST at the National Theatre

LOST will be performing in the 2012 NT Connections programme. This project is open to all youth groups across the country but only 200 are selected to take part. This is a marvellous opportunity for teenagers to work with professional directors on scripts written by the countries top writers

December 2011 - March 2012

Charity information: LOST Youth Theatre Company

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  • Need


    Lambeth has a deep rooted problem of deprivation among its young people. Although there are many worthy projects within the borough, none aim to provide participants with the opportunities that the Connections programme provide.


    Connections aims to;
    • inspire 13-19 year olds with high-quality new playwriting
    • give companies the knowledge, skills and confidence to bring the plays to life
    • encourage young people from around the country to mix and exchange experiences
    • encourage young people to get involved in all aspects of theatre making

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To inspire 13-19 year olds with high-quality new play-writing by the countries leading playwrights.


    » Taking part in the Connections programme allows us unprecedented access to people we could never normally hope to contact

    Success will be...seeing the young people returning to LOST for future productions, and submitting their own written material for performance.

    Aim 2

    To give our teenagers the knowledge, skills and confidence to bring the plays to life


    » LOST has an unrivalled history of work with young people and along with the advise offered by the NT we will help to build the skills set they require

    Success will be...measured by seeing the increase in confidence, ability to communicate and improvement in written skills.

    Aim 3

    To encourage young people from around the country to mix and exchange experiences


    » For the LOST young people to meet and mix with other companies on their performance days at our host theatre.

    Success will be...measured by recording on video and in print the thoughts and experiences of the cast on meeting and communicating with the other groups.

    Aim 4

    To encourage young people to get involved in all aspects of theatre making


    » LOST doesn't just recruit young people to act, but the group is encouraged to take part in all backstage activities.

    Success will be...seeing the set, costumes, props etc. that have been created by the cast

  • Impact


    The long term success will be measured by the ability to create a group of young people who have the enthusiasm and dedication to return to the LOST theatre once this project has finished and continue to work with us. To create new shows themselves and involve their friends and colleagues.


    The main risk is that of young people pulling out of the project before it is completed. We have foreseen this and have chosen a play that allows us the leeway in the numbers who actually perform.


    All donors will receive regular monthly newsletter detailing the progress of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 Production budget To purchase or hire items necessary for the show
      £500 Costume budget To purchase or hire costumes for the show
      £250 Publicity Printing of flyers and posters
      £100 Workshops To hold 4 workshops to encourage the cast
      £400 Space hire To subsidise the cost of hiring rehearsal & performance space
      £250 Admin Overseeing the running of the project
  • Background


    Lambeth is the 5th poorest borough in London and has a history of disadvantage within its youth. However, it also has a fantastic mix of peoples and a rich cultural heritage. LOST aims to bring together teenagers from across the spectrum to work on this project. Drama is a marvellous way for young people to express their opinions on the world around them in a safe and supportive environment.


    LOST Youth Theatre is very proud to have been accepted into this year's Connections programme.Connections is a national festival of new writing and young theatre making. The concept is simple - exciting new plays, commissioned by the National Theatre and performed by youth theatre groups across the UK, with professional support from the NT. We will work with teenagers from all social & cultural backgrounds and build a cohesive group that can support and learn from each other.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    LOST has an unrivalled 31 year history of working with and for young people. Our mission is simple - at LOST you have a right to try, and a right to fail. We encourage people to learn by doing. If someone has an idea for a play, we will support them to write it, rehearse it and get it performed on our stage.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Steve Lennon

    Director and facilitator. Steve has huge experience of teaching disaffected young people and encouraging them to expand their horizons.

    Mark Magill

    Facilitator and production manager. Mark has a 25 year history of working with young people at LOST and brings a weight of knowledge with him

2011's Gargantua by Carl Groase

2011's Gargantua by Carl Groase