Let the Kids Think for Themselves

A scene from Theatre Rite's production of Fevered Sleep, aimed at a younger audience. Photo credit: Fevered Sleep

A scene from Theatre Rite’s production of Fevered Sleep, aimed at a younger audience. Photo credit: Fevered Sleep

We’ve been talking a lot about theater for children on the blog and how important it is not to play down to them or think you can skimp on quality.

Sue Buckmaster over at The Guardian is adding to the conversation, advocating children’s theater that let’s kids decide how they think and feel about various topics, everything from death to the banking crisis. She believes we shouldn’t shelter younger audience members or paint a rosy picture when that’s not the case. A key quote:

“An adult going to the theatre wouldn’t expect to be confronted by a show that told them what to think, so why should children expect any different?”

You can read the full article here for more of Buckmaster’s ideas.

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