A book for students and lovers of theatre, parents and politicians, teachers and actors, a guide to progress over fifty years in a field of theatre dedicated to children and young people. There has been wonderful work created all over the UK but this is very much a personal reflection, based on Vicky Ireland's and Paul Harman's working knowledge of playwriting and production in England. At its heart is a detailed listing of fifty plays by English playwrights chosen by their contemporaries which have most influenced those working professionally to make theatre for young audiences in England today. It describes a journey during which many attitudes towards education and the arts have changed, much has been learned and maybe too much forgotten.2015 marked 50 years of the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (known by its French acronym, ASSITEJ). From a handful of European countries ASSITEJ has grown to be a presence in over 80 countries in every continent, promoting the right of every child to experience theatre.
1965 was also the year in which a remarkable and unique experiment combining drama, theatre and education, known as Theatre in Education, began in the UK, in Coventry. Today, worldwide, practitioners in participatory or immersive theatre are working with children and young people, exploring their real world with them and helping them to express that experience through theatre.New generations of theatre makers will find this book a useful signpost to sources of inspiration in their future work for young audiences.
Vicky Ireland MBE has worked as an actress and as a presenter on BBC TV's Words and Pictures. She was Artistic Director of Polka Theatre, (1988-2002) and has since adapted and directed six books by Jacqueline Wilson. Television includes two adaptations of Allan Ahlberg's Happy Families for BBC TV receiving a Writers' Guild nomination. Vicky is co-artistic director of A Thousand Cranes Theatre and Vice-Chair of Action for Children's Arts. Paul Harman started work as an actor in repertory theatres in 1963 and soon found his way to professional theatre for young audiences via the Coventry Belgrade Theatre in Education team. He was founder and Artistic Director of Merseyside Young People's Theatre in Liverpool 1978 - 89 and Artistic Director of Cleveland Theatre Company in Darlington 1994 - 2008. His productions for young audiences have toured to many countries and he has translated plays for young audiences from French and German. Currently Chair of TYA-UK Centre of ASSITEJ, (the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) and a member of the Executive Committee of ASSITEJ International from 2008 - 2011.
Preface by Vicky Ireland Foreword by Sir Ken Robinson What Are TYA & TIE? by Paul Harman The Pioneers Theatre in Education is Born by Gordon Vallins The 'Incredible Vanishing' Plays A Movement Begins... The 50 Best Plays Selection Production Images Index of Plays for Children (0-13) Index of Plays for Young People (13+) The Writers Speak Adaptations: Why and How? by Vicky Ireland Notes from a 2005 ASSITEJ Forum Acting Like Children by Nina Hajiyianni & Kevin Dyer Other Theatres, Other Worlds by Paul Harman Thank You, Lyn Gardner by Nina Hajiyianni Useful ResourcesPublishers & literary agents Playwrights on the web Books for further reading TIE texts UK Government Policy, Reports, etc. Overseas Publications: Belgium; France; GermanyResearch in TIE and TYA Further Study ArchivesUK TYA Companies & Festivals The Future
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