Learning through Theatre: New Perspectives on Theatre in Education

Learning through Theatre: New Perspectives on Theatre in Education

Learning through Theatre: New Perspectives on Theatre in Education

Learning through Theatre: New Perspectives on Theatre in Education

Synopsis

Theatre in Education - both as a movement and as a theatrical method - represents one of the most significant developments in contemporary theatre. In this fully updated and completely revised edition the contributors chart the development of TIE, identify its strengths and provide vivid and illuminating accounts of its practice around the world.

Excerpt

This book is about a form of theatre that arguably represents one of the most significant developments in British theatre in the second half of the century. In its short history of some twenty-eight years, it has excited and inspired, and at times unnerved, actors and teachers alike, and has marked out for itself a territory that overlaps the domains of theatre and education in ways that are important and unusual. It is moreover part of a much wider development that has taken place across the world in the latter decades of the twentieth century as the theatre looks for new audiences and new ways to speak to those audiences.

Theatre in Education (TIE) as a definable movement began in Britain in the mid-1960s in direct response to the needs of both theatre and schools. It originated as an initiative from within the professional theatre and is now supported by regional arts boards and local education authorities in many parts of the country. It is also now, importantly, an established or emerging force in many countries outside the UK. Essentially TIE seeks to harness the techniques and imaginative potency of theatre in the service of education. The aim is to provide an experience for children that will be intensely absorbing, challenging, even provocative, and an unrivalled stimulus for further work on the chosen subject in and out of school. Subjects dealt with have ranged from the environment, racism and local history to language learning, science and health. But it is the formal innovations that give TIE its special quality and have made its appearance upon the British ‘alternative theatre’ scene so significant. One of the major and most effective features of TIE is the structured active participation of the children in the

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