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Hollyfield School set to perform ‘It Snows’ at prestigious National Theatre following play success

Hollyfield School’s long-running theatre company, Ilex, is just one of just 12 groups set to perform at the prestigious National Theatre this summer.

Hollyfield School’s long-running theatre company, Ilex, is just one of just 12 groups set to perform at the prestigious National Theatre this summer. This follows on the School's success at the 450-strong Theatre’s Connections Festival competition which offers youth and school theatre groups the opportunity to stage new plays and to perform in leading theatres across the UK.

The company performed ‘It Snows’, a play about two outsiders whose lives are changed by an unexpected snowfall, to 200 family and friends in the school’s drama studio and then at their partner theatre, Watermans Arts Centre in Kew.

The cast and crew of 36 students at the Surbiton school, aged between eleven and seventeen, are now readying themselves for their final performance on Friday 1 July at the Dorfman Theatre, part of the National Theatre complex. 

Cast and crew backstage after their performance at The Waterman’s Arts Centre

Cast and crew backstage after their performance at The Waterman’s Arts Centre



The Connections Festival, which is celebrating it’s 21st anniversary this year, is said to be the biggest youth theatre festival in the world. Ten thousand young people from across the UK worked within 450 youth theatres ahead of being whittled down to 12 commissioned plays.

Ilex, which is Latin for holly, has been up and running as a company for over a decade and this is their first entry into the renowned Connections Festival. 

Maggie Bailey, Headteacher at Hollyfield School, said: 


“This is a phenomenal result for our students and is testament to the hard work that’s been put into the production. Together with the enthusiasm and support of our drama department, Hollyfield School has achieved something truly remarkable.”



Councillor Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Schools at Kingston Council, said: 


“We have some incredible talent in Kingston and I’m very proud to see our borough receive national recognition for our performing arts. We are celebrating creativity in Kingston this summer, including The Streets music festival, Ignition Dance Festival and the always brilliant International Youth Arts Festival.

“I am hopeful that local people will turn out in force both in our borough and at the Dorfman Theatre to support Kingston this summer.”



To book your tickets to see ‘It Snows’ at the Dorfman Theatre, visit the National Theatre’s website. More information on the Festival can be found on the National Theatre’s Connections Festival website.