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A new generation of theatre stars could be found through a youth theatre company launching at the Grand.

As part of the prestigious National Theatre’s Connections 500 programme, a new group will be formed at the Blackpool theatre, giving people aged 14 to 19 a chance to work on new specially written plays.

Connections is the National Theatre’s nationwide youth theatre, providing support to a network of youth theatres to stage new works created by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights.

And in 2016, the National Theatre will mark 21 years of Connections by having 500 young companies all taking part in theatres across the UK.

Three workshops will take place, on Wednesdays, October 7, 14 and 21 at the Grand, at 6.30pm, where participants will get a two-hour taster of how the project will work.

The free sessions are open to those with an enthusiasm for any aspect of theatre - performance, theatre design (including lighting and sound), stage management and marketing - but anyone interested only needs to attend one date, as they will be repeat sessions.

Connections rehearsals will also take place on Wednesdays at the Grand’s Studio, working towards February half term to create a piece of theatre.

Andrew Howard, marketing manager, said: “We are delighted to be part of the National Theatre Connections 500 scheme, this adds to the Grand Theatre’s commitment to young people experiencing live theatre and being part of the creative process and understanding.

“There are exciting opportunities ahead for the young company and we can’t wait to get them started.

“These sessions will help you decide whether this programme is right for you, but also will help us build the best young company possible for the work we want to make.

“We will not be holding auditions but we will be looking for young people who have ideas, are willing to work as a team and who are committed to creating high-quality theatre.”

Under 17 need to have a completed parent/guardian consent form.

Anyone interested in taking part on the workshops should register with the box office, on (01253) 290190.