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Education & Language | Theatre as a Medium for Children and Young People: Images and Observations

Theatre as a Medium for Children and Young People: Images and Observations

Schonmann, Shifra

2006, XIV, 223 p.

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  • About this book

This book is a journey into the dual territory of educational and theatrical settings. It advances the knowledge in these settings by touching upon provocative questions, by dealing with the limitations and challenging the new possibilities of theatre for young people. It is an attempt to bring intellectual rigour and some theoretical perspectives drawn from recent theatre and aesthetic theory to the field of theatre for young people. It fills the gap in the literature on theatre for young audiences. The author poses questions of the work that are penetrating and thought provoking and clearly stem from her own observations of and reflections upon various kinds of children's theatre (CT) and of 'watching children watching' CT over many years. This book is an analysis of images and arguments in theatre for young people. It aims at triggering the reader's interest in this subject as an artistic, educational and cultural phenomenon.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » aesthetics - children - communication - education - politics

Related subjects » Education & Language - Learning & Instruction

Table of contents 

Foreword by Maxine Greene,- Acknowledgments,- Introduction - A Synoptic View: Images and Arguments to Provoke the Imagination,- Chapter 1: Boundaries: Between Theatre for Young People and Adults’ Theatre,- Chapter 2 : An Experience: A Unique Cultural and Artistic Phenomenon,- Chapter 3 - The Audience: Levels of Communication with Children,- Chapter 4 - Catharsis: The Nature of Private and Public Catharsis in Children’s Theatre,- Chapter 5 - Conventions: Shedding Light on the Sign System used in Theatre for Young People,- Chapter 6 - Criticism: Ways to Evaluate a Theatrical Performance ,- Chapter 7 - Theatre for Young People as a School Event: Advantages and Disadvantages of Children Attending a Play En Masse,- Chapter 8 - The Culture of Schools and the School Play: Social, Pedagogical and Artistic Dimensions,- Chapter 9 - Politics and Aesthetics in Theatre for Young People in Israel: A Concise View,- References ,- Index

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