Theatre for Children and Education

The reading ‘Theatre for Children and Education’ wrote by Matthew Reason taken from the book ‘The Young Audiences’ begins to distinguish the difference between ‘Theatre in Education’ and ‘Theatre for Young Audiences’. Even though both approaches towards education share similarities, there is a clear difference on what both methods delivery to their young audiences.

With both methods approaching young teens in education with a performance format, the element of play is perceived as an enjoyable activity rather then a way in which they could learn.

Theatre in Education (TIE) is an approach that allows young audiences to participate within a series of workshops, playback and forum theatre, which then could lead to a theatrical performance. Where as, Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) is an approach that brings forward a performance, either consisting of theatre, dance, music and physical theatre. With this approach, the performance is already structured on topics (cultural, political or health & safety) which help guild and teach. Children are smart and emotionally complexed as audience members. Challenging their intelligence shouldn’t occur but, to help shift patterns of distress by helping greater their knowledge on different topics.

The reading also mentions that Theatre in Education (TIE) is an educational tool as it is a format that incorporates active audience participation. Theatre in Education utilizes skills to bring together links between content and either academic or life skills. Incorporating theatrical practises and procedures to aid learning within personal, social and health education.  Stimulating the young audiences mind to have empathy and to inspire self-reflection.

Matthew Reason writes that theatre is an effective method when used within education, it is a fun communication activity that allows information to store. Theatre is slowing becoming a way in which we can facilitate different subjects across the entire curriculum, due to how everyone perceives theatre.


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