Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education

Young Audiences, Theatre and the Cultural Conversation

Editors: O'Toole, J., Adams, R.-J., Anderson, M., Burton, B., Ewing, R. (Eds.)

  • ​Offers rare insights on how adolescent and post-adolescent young audiences experience and appreciate the theatre
  • Results from a six year study involving three Australian states and thirteen major performing arts companies
  • A thorough investigation into the extent to which young audiences are part of our society's cultural conversation  
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This volume offers rare insights into the connection between young audiences and the performing arts. Based on studies of adolescent and post-adolescent audiences, ages 14 to 25, the book examines to what extent they are part of our society’s cultural conversation. It studies how these young people read and understand theatrical performance. It looks at what the educational components in their theatre literacy are, and what they make of the whole social event of theatre. It studies their views on the relationship between what they themselves decide and what others decide for them. The book uses qualitative and quantitative data collected in a six-year study carried out in the three largest Australian States, thirteen major performing arts companies, including the Sydney Opera House, three state theatre companies and three funding organisations. The book’s perspectives are derived from world-wide literature and company practices and its significance and ramifications are international. The book is written to be engaging and accessible to theatre professionals and lay readers interested in theatre, as well as scholars and researchers. “This extraordinary book thoroughly explains why young people (ages 14-25+) do and do not attend theatre into adulthood by delineating how three inter-linked factors (literacy, confidence, and etiquette) influence their decisions. Given that theatre happens inside spectators’ minds, the authors balance the theatre equation by focusing upon young spectators and thereby dispel numerous beliefs held by theatre artists and educators. Each clearly written chapter engages readers with astute insights and compelling examples of pertinent responses from young people, teachers, and theatre professionals. To stem the tide of decreasing theatre attendance, this highly useful book offers pragmatic strategies for artistic, educational, and marketing directors, as well as national theatre organizations and arts councils around the world. I have no doubt that its brilliantly conceived research, conducted across multiple contexts in Australia, will make a significant and original contribution to the profession of theatre on an international scale.” Jeanne Klein, University of Kansas, USA “Young Audiences, Theatre and the Cultural Conversation is a compelling and comprehensive study on attitudes and habits of youth theatre audiences by leading international scholars in the field. This benchmark study offers unique insights by and for theatre makers and administrators, theatre educators and researchers, schools, parents, teachers, students, audience members of all ages. A key strength within the book centers on the emphasis of the participant voices, particularly the voices of the youth. Youth voices, along with those of teachers and theatre artists, position the extensive field research front and center.” George Belliveau, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Reviews

“This extraordinary book thoroughly explains why young people (ages 14-25+) do and do not attend theatre into adulthood by delineating how three inter-linked factors (literacy, confidence, and etiquette) influence their decisions. Given that theatre happens inside spectators’ minds, the authors balance the theatre equation by focusing upon young spectators and thereby dispel numerous beliefs held by theatre artists and educators. Each clearly written chapter engages readers with astute insights and compelling examples of pertinent responses from young people, teachers, and theatre professionals. To stem the tide of decreasing theatre attendance, this highly useful book offers pragmatic strategies for artistic, educational, and marketing directors, as well as national theatre organizations and arts councils around the world. I have no doubt that its brilliantly conceived research, conducted across multiple contexts in Australia, will make a significant and original contribution to the profession of theatre on an international scale.” Jeanne Klein, University of Kansas, USA

“Young Audiences, Theatre and the Cultural Conversation is a compelling and comprehensive study on attitudes and habits of youth theatre audiences by leading international scholars in the field. This benchmark study offers unique insights by and for theatre makers and administrators, theatre educators and researchers, schools, parents, teachers, students, audience members of all ages.

A key strength within the book centers on the emphasis of the participant voices, particularly the voices of the youth.  Youth voices, along with those of teachers and theatre artists, position the extensive field research front and center.” George Belliveau, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    O’Toole, John

    Pages 1-15

  • The TheatreSpace Project, Its Partners and Its Purposes

    Anderson, Michael (et al.)

    Pages 17-31

  • Access and the Practicalities of Attendance

    Sinclair, Christine

    Pages 33-47

  • The Context of the Performance Event

    Stinson, Madonna

    Pages 49-63

  • The Education Landscape: Building Engaged Theatre-Goers

    Donelan, Kate (et al.)

    Pages 65-82

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7609-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7608-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 3, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-017-7943-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Young Audiences, Theatre and the Cultural Conversation
Editors
  • John O'Toole
  • Ricci-Jane Adams
  • Michael Anderson
  • Bruce Burton
  • Robyn Ewing
Series Title
Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7609-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7609-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7608-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-7943-2
Series ISSN
1573-4528
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 201
Number of Illustrations and Tables
48 b/w illustrations
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