Alternative Worlds: the emergence of Theatre for Young Audiences from the conflict in Northern Ireland.

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This essay traces the development of an identifiable sector of Theatre for Young Audiences in Northern Ireland during the ethno-religious violent conflict known as The Troubles from 1968 to 1998. During that period, children were regarded as a largely homogeneous group within legislative and policy frameworks that were concerned primarily with the impact of that conflict on children. This period saw the emergence of a theatre specifically for children, without any over-arching sense of a sector. Following the signing of the Belfast Agreement of 1998, the broader turn to a rights-based culture amplified the impact of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) within government policy and the growth of a culture more broadly that promoted the child as an autonomous human being. In parallel to this turn, a recognizable children’s theatre sector developed to create spaces locally for children to attend performances and performances which engage with the aesthetics of Theatre for Young Audiences internationally through collaboration and partnerships.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalStrenae
Early online date17 Jun 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Childhood
  • Northern Ireland
  • Theatre for Young Audiences

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    Creating Work for Young Audiences

    Thomas Maguire (Participant)

    10 Mar 2020

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    ITYARN Symposium at ASSITEJ Artistic Gathering

    Thomas Maguire (Member of programme committee)

    2 Sep 20195 Sep 2019

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    Maguire, T., 6 Aug 2020, (Accepted/In press) Manon van de Water (ed.) Diversity, Representation, and Culture in TYA. . van de Water, M. (ed.). 1st ed. Cape Town, p. 46-57 12 p.

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