The Upstarts Theatre Company will be performing 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.’

National Theatre Connections is one of the UK’s largest celebrations of youth theatre. Plays are commissioned for and about young people, from some of the best contemporary playwrights, and performed by schools and youth theatres all over the UK and Ireland. Young people have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of creating and staging the play both on and offstage, from set design to costume, lighting and stage management.

In 2019, National Theatre Connections is working with up to 300 youth theatres and schools to stage ten newly commissioned plays, adding to the 150 + plays the National Theatre have commissioned for young people since 1995. All the companies will transfer their production to one of 30 Connections Partner Theatres across the UK.

Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, said:

“Connections is at the heart of the National Theatre’s work for young people, built on the belief that young people in every corner of the UK should have the opportunity to experience and take part in theatre. We’re so excited to welcome new and returning youth theatre companies and schools to take part in Connections this year. All participants are invited to get involved with every aspect of theatre-making and have the chance to premiere a brand new play in a leading regional theatre”.

To buy tickets to see The Magna Carta School’s very own theatre group ‘The Upstarts Theatre Company’ perform Chaos at The Magna Carta Arts Centre on 2nd/ 3rd April 2019 please contact the school office or student services.

Tickets are £5 (£4 concessions)

For further information, contact or to find out more about National Theatre Connections, visit

Suitable for ages: 12+ (some mature themes and language that may cause offense)

Notes to editors

  • National Theatre Connections is kindly supported by The Mohn Westlake Foundation,The Buffini Chao Foundation, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Jacqueline and Richard Worswick, Mactaggart Third Fund,The EBM Charitable Trust, Samantha and Richard Campbell-Breeden, The Garvey Family Trust, Susan Miller and Byron Grote, Anthony P. Skyrme, The Derrill Allatt Foundation, Hays Travel Foundation, Faithorn Farrell Timms and supporters of the Connections Appeal. The National Theatre’s Partner for Learning is Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
  • National Theatre Connections is an annual event, this year, it will involve 300 young theatre groups and 30 leading Partner Theatres from across the UK and Ireland.
  • More information on the National Theatre Connections programme can be found at