Beyond the culture of concern: the context and practice of TYA in contemporary Northern Ireland

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This essay explores the ways in which Theatre for Young Audiences in Northern Ireland has responded to a context in which children and childhood are regarded as vulnerable and in need of protection through legal provisions and educational structures that inhibit their autonomy and experience of childhood. Such concerns while widely shared within Western cultures are specifically inflected in Northern Ireland by concerns about sectarianism and sexual abuse. In contrast to these social structures, TYA practice in Northern Ireland is driven by a desire to expand the experiences of children. Through practices that are informed by an engagement with the wider culture of TYA internationally, children are able to access innovative experiences that reflect their own lives and reconfigure the places they inhabit.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationYouth and Performance – Perceptions of the Contemporary Child.
EditorsGeesche Wartemann, Tülin Saglam, Mary McAvoy
Place of PublicationHildesheim
Pages43-58
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015

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legal provision
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Keywords

  • Childhood
  • children
  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Northern Ireland

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Maguire, T. (2015). Beyond the culture of concern: the context and practice of TYA in contemporary Northern Ireland. In G. Wartemann, T. Saglam, & M. McAvoy (Eds.), Youth and Performance – Perceptions of the Contemporary Child. (pp. 43-58). Hildesheim.
Maguire, Tom. / Beyond the culture of concern: the context and practice of TYA in contemporary Northern Ireland. Youth and Performance – Perceptions of the Contemporary Child.. editor / Geesche Wartemann ; Tülin Saglam ; Mary McAvoy. Hildesheim, 2015. pp. 43-58
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Carrera et al. eds., The Irish Knot: Essays on Imaginary/Real Ireland, Valladolid: Universidad de Valladolid, pp. 36-52. Gilligan, Ch., 2009. `Highly Vulnerable'? Political Violence and the Social Construction of Traumatized Children. Journal of Peace Research 46(1), pp. 119-134. Kehily, M.J. ed., 2008. An Introduction to Childhood Studies, 2nd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press/McGraw Hill. Lewsley-Mooney, P., 2014. NICCY General Leaflet March 2014. [pdf] Available at: <http://www.niccy.org/downloads/2014/Publications/NICCY_General_Leaflet_-_March_14.pdf> [Accessed 01 February 2015] Marsh, J., 2010. Childhood, Culture and Creativity: A Literature Review. [pdf] Available at: <http://www.creativitycultureeducation.org/wp-content/uploads/CCE-childhood-culture-and-creativity-a-literature-review.pdf> [Accessed 30 January 2015] Messenger Davies, M. ed., 2006. Children, media and conflict: the experience of divided communities – Ireland, Israel and Palestine. 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Following in Their Footsteps? Investigating Young People's Attitudes to Sectarianism in Northern Ireland. [pdf] Belfast: National Children's Bureau, Northern Ireland. Available at: <http://www.ncb.org.uk/media/888599/sectarianism_research_report_for_adults_feb_2013.pdf.> [Accessed 03 November 2013]",
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Beyond the culture of concern: the context and practice of TYA in contemporary Northern Ireland. / Maguire, Tom.

Youth and Performance – Perceptions of the Contemporary Child.. ed. / Geesche Wartemann; Tülin Saglam; Mary McAvoy. Hildesheim, 2015. p. 43-58.

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Carrera et al. eds., The Irish Knot: Essays on Imaginary/Real Ireland, Valladolid: Universidad de Valladolid, pp. 36-52. Gilligan, Ch., 2009. `Highly Vulnerable'? Political Violence and the Social Construction of Traumatized Children. Journal of Peace Research 46(1), pp. 119-134. Kehily, M.J. ed., 2008. An Introduction to Childhood Studies, 2nd ed. Maidenhead: Open University Press/McGraw Hill. Lewsley-Mooney, P., 2014. NICCY General Leaflet March 2014. [pdf] Available at: <http://www.niccy.org/downloads/2014/Publications/NICCY_General_Leaflet_-_March_14.pdf> [Accessed 01 February 2015] Marsh, J., 2010. Childhood, Culture and Creativity: A Literature Review. [pdf] Available at: <http://www.creativitycultureeducation.org/wp-content/uploads/CCE-childhood-culture-and-creativity-a-literature-review.pdf> [Accessed 30 January 2015] Messenger Davies, M. ed., 2006. Children, media and conflict: the experience of divided communities – Ireland, Israel and Palestine. Proceedings of an interdisciplinary colloquium at the University of Ulster on April 2005. Coleraine: University of Ulster. Mistry, H., 2006. The Little Mermaid (Review). BBC Leicester. [online] Available at: <http://www.bbc.co.uk/leicester/content/articles/2006/05/24/the_little_mermaid_feature.shtml.> [Accessed 12 December 2014] Northern Ireland Commission for Children and Young People, 2009a. Northern Ireland Commission for Children and Young People. [online] Available at: <http://www.niccy.org/> [Accessed 04 November 2013] Northern Ireland Commission for Children and Young People, 2009b. Children’s Rights: Rhetoric or Reality? [online] Available at: <http://www.niccy.org/News/archive/newsfrom2009/page3402> [Accessed 04 March 2014] Replay Theatre Company, 2014. WiggleGiggle. [video online] Available at: <http://vimeo.com/111879707> [Accessed 01 February 2015] Replay Theatre Company, n.d., Replay Theatre Company. [online] Available at: <http://www.replaytheatreco.org/> [Accessed 22 February 2014] Richardson, N.L., 1997. Education for Mutual Understanding and Cultural Heritage. CAIN Web service. [online] Available at: <http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/emu/emuback.htm> [Accessed 20 March 2014] Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland, 2012. Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland. [online] Available at: <http://www.safeguardingni.org/> [Accessed 01 February 2015] Schonmann, S., 2006. Theatre as a Medium for Children and Young People: Images and Observations. New York: Springer. Ulster Tatler, 2011. Cahoots NI: Egg….a magical experience. Ulster Tatler. [online] Available at: <http://www.ulstertatler.com/2011/09/cahoots-ni-egg-a-magical-experience/> [Accessed 12 December 2014] West, D., 2011. Egg by Cahoots NI (review). Irish Theatre Magazine. [online] Available at: <http://www.irishtheatremagazine.ie/Reviews/Current/Egg> [Accessed 12 December 2014] Young NCB Northern Ireland, 2013. Following in Their Footsteps? Investigating Young People's Attitudes to Sectarianism in Northern Ireland. [pdf] Belfast: National Children's Bureau, Northern Ireland. Available at: <http://www.ncb.org.uk/media/888599/sectarianism_research_report_for_adults_feb_2013.pdf.> [Accessed 03 November 2013]

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