The Upstarts Theatre Company performed Chaos by Laura Lomas at The Magna Carta School Arts Centre as part of National Theatre Connectionsa nationwide celebration of new plays for young people.

Chaos is one of ten brand new plays written especially for Connections by a selection of the best playwriting talent in the UK:


By Laura Lomas
A girl is locked in a room. A boy brings another boy flowers. A girl has tied herself to a railing. A boy doesn’t know who he is. A girl worries about impending catastrophe. A woman jumps in front of a train. A boy’s heart falls out his chest. A butterfly has a broken wing. Chaos is a symphony of dislocated and interconnected scenes. A series of characters search for meaning in a complicated and unstable world. Bouncing through physics, the cosmos, love and violence, they find order in the disorder of each other.

Why I wrote this play
‘I’m interested in chaos. I think most of the time we try to impose order on our lives – we’re scared of the mess of being alive; we want to contain it, to put our hands around it. I wanted to write something that embraced chaos, that celebrated it, in all its strange unpredictable energy, in all its trouble, and its beauty. I didn’t want it to always make sense, but I did want it to feel very a live – all the ways I remember feeling as a teenager.’

The audience got to experience the true nature of the teenage experience with this incredible cast and crew.

Cast and crew pictured with visiting director Elvie from The National Theatre