Human beings in a theatre made for them: the child’s voice in contemporary theatre for young audiences.

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Abstract

This article explores the challenges of including the child’s voice in an artform dedicated to children, Theatre for Young Audiences. In 2020, the international association of theatre for children and young people, ASSITEJ, launched a manifesto to bring the voices of children and artists to every country in the world. However, the experience of children of this theatre made for them is often that their rights are elided with or subordinated to those of adults. A model for addressing this and some examples of practice suggest possibilities for change. This essay examines the capacity and capability required to realise such possibilities within a precarious industry. Committing to hearing children makes demands on those making theatre and those making policy alike.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-27
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the British Academy
Volume8
Issue numbersupplementary issue 4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2021

Keywords

  • children's rights
  • Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Arts policy
  • capability
  • capacity

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