The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch’s young company will be participating for their sixth year in the biggest youth festival in the UK and Ireland with Laura Lomas’ thought-provoking new play, Chaos.

The NT Connections festival is a celebration of young people, theatre-making and the importance of access to the arts. Each year, the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the most exciting emerging playwrights with the theatre-makers of tomorrow.

A girl is locked in a room. A boy brings another boy flowers. A girl protests against injustice. 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 of his chest. A butterfly has a broken wing.

Directed by Will Hudson, this topical piece of new writing brings Lomas’ characters to life in their search for meaning in a complicated and unstable world.

Performances will take place at 7pm and 8.30pm on Friday 22 March and Saturday 23 March in the Queen’s Theatre’s newly built Rehearsal Space. The show runs for an hour with no interval and contains some strong language.

Speaking about the production, writer Laura Lomas said, ‘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 alive – all the ways I remember feeling as a teenager.

Tickets are £10 (plus QNew Transformation fee) and can be purchased by calling the Queen’s Theatre’s Box Office on 01708 443333 or online at

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