National Theatre and HOME presents

NT Connections 2023: Day 1

Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow.

All shows begin at 19.00 unless stated, and the running order is decided on the night.

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CHS South
The Heights by Lisa McGee 

Lillie lives on the Heights Estate; a place where nothing ever happens, except in Lillie’s head.

Lillie’s not like most people. For starters, she never goes out, but sits in her bedroom window on the sixth floor of her tower block, watching the world and the people in it go by. As she sits, she makes up stories: some sad, some happy, some funny. But they are just stories, aren’t they?

Lisa McGee, an award-winning screenwriter and playwright from Derry, is the creator, writer and executive producer of Derry Girls. She co-created, co-wrote and was executive producer on The Deceived with her husband Tobias Beer and was creative director, executive producer and wrote an episode of the BBC monologues on poverty Skint. Her other TV work includes London Irish, Raw, Being Human, The White Queen and Indian Summers.



1 hour and 20 minutes

The Heights

Recommended for ages 13+

Please note the following:

Strong language used

Some infrequent moments of violence – these include one character choking another, and a scene where a character is tied up and gagged. In a non-naturalistic scene, there is a description of a glass baby shattering and causing a character’s arms and legs to bleed.

Model Behaviour

Suggested content guidance:

Suitable for all ages, some moderate language.