02.03.16 - Premiere of National Theatre ‘Blackout’

The Ockbrook School Drama Club performs its gritty premiere of ‘Blackout’ on Thursday 3rd March in the Birtill Hall, as part of the National Theatre’s ‘Connections’, lauded as ‘the biggest youth theatre festival on the planet.’

‘Blackout’ by Scottish writer, director and musician Davey Anderson is one of 12 plays for the National Theatre’s Connections 2016, picked from the 150 plus commissioned for young people since 1995. Inspired by the true story of a young offender from Glasgow who had committed a violent crime, it’s a hard-hitting play about getting bullied, fighting back, trying to make a name for yourself, turning vicious, doing something stupid, losing everything, then finding your way again.

Sarah West, Head of Drama, says: “This is an amazing opportunity for everyone involved. The Drama Club has been working hard on a very physical interpretation of an unusually poetic script. Students in the production team have been to technical meetings at Derby Theatre in preparation for the transfer to the professional stage. The Festival Coordinator and Head of Technical Stage Manager from Derby Theatre, along with a real-life National Theatre director, will be joining us at our school performances and giving professional feedback to the group in readiness for our showcase performance at Derby Theatre in May. We can’t wait!”

Aimee Hosein, Year 9, says: “It feels almost unreal that we’ll soon be performing on stage in Derby Theatre. We still have ideas we wish to develop, but we’re very much looking forward to hearing what the National Theatre director has to say and learning from the benefit of his professional experience and expertise.”

The preview performances will be taking place on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th March in the Birtill Hall. We look forward to seeing friends and parents supporting our talented students at their home performance. Preview tickets are free and will be available on the door.

For more information about National Theatre Connections, visit