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The Young Audience: Exploring and Enhancing Children's Experiences of Theatre
Children s theatre in the UK is thriving right now. Interest is growing in the educational, emotional and expressive benefits of theatre for young people; arguments about why children should watch theatre have become a central motif in debates about cultural policy and arts education. Yet, surprisingly, there has been almost no detailed and reflective research on these ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Trentham Books
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I picked this up after I heard several people mention this fantastic book at the International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase in Austin this year. This book examines how young people interpret their experiences at the theatre through qualitative inquiry. Matthew Reason's study used drawing and discussion to examine what children find most compelling when they see theatrical performances. This book is a revelation. Reason takes young people with utter seriousness and is careful to peel away ...more