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Children’s theatre: a brief pedagogical approach

Eluyefa, Dennis (2017) Children’s theatre: a brief pedagogical approach. Arts Praxis, 4 (1). pp. 79-93. ISSN 1552-5236

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There are several theories as to what constitutes children’s theatre. This diversity exists because the term is used as a literal description of theatre that involves children in one way or the other – theatre for children, theatre with children, and theatre by children. This complexity means there is a need to specify the sense in which the term is being used. There is no universal agreement within academic discourse on the parameters in which the term should be defined. While some scholars suggest age as a defining factor, others think it should be decided by the performers who design a piece of theatre based on their knowledge of the children audience. What is children’s theatre? What should be the level of involvement for children? This paper is not a systematic review of the discipline and it is not an attempt to re/define children’s theatre. Rather, it is about a pedagogical approach to creating a piece of theatre for children between the age of 4 and 10 that can enable them to learn and be morally developed while being entertained at the same time. In this paper children’s theatre is the term that will be used throughout.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by NYU Steinhardt. All rights reserved. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children's theatre, Morality, Entertainment for children, Education
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr Dennis Eluyefa
Date Deposited: 25 May 2017 07:00
Last Modified: 30 May 2017 09:21
URI: http://researchonline.bishopg.ac.uk/id/eprint/166

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