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Palgrave Macmillan

Theatre, Education and Performance

ISBN 9780230574229
Publication Date June 2011
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

In the first conceptual overview of current practices and debates in theatre education, Helen Nicholson explores the contribution that professional theatre practitioners make to the education of young people. She maps the environments in which theatre and learning meet, and looks at how the educational concerns and artistic inventiveness of people living in different times and places have inflected theatre and changed education.

This inspiring book tells the story of ground-breaking developments of twentieth century theatre education, and explores the ways in which current theatre practitioners have upheld these radical traditions. Helen Nicholson investigates the effects on theatre education of a newly globalised economy, and asks pertinent questions such as: how can theatre education continue to encourage debates about social justice in the political landscape of the twenty-first century? How do the practices, policies and principles of theatre speak to different generations? Offering diverse illustrations of practice from around the world, Helen Nicholson draws on much personal experience and expert knowledge to demonstrate how cutting edge performance practices continue to engage young people today.

  • Winner of the American Alliance Of Theatre And Education Distinguished Book Award 2012

HELEN NICHOLSON Professor of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. She is the author of Applied Drama: The Gift of Theatre (Palgrave, 2005), Theatre & Education (Palgrave 2009) and co-editor of Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance (Routledge).

Mapping Stories
PART I: Looking Back: Histories and Landscapes
Spaces to Imagine: Theatre and Social Reform
Spaces to Play: Childhood, Theatre and Educational Utopias
Places to Learn: Activity and Activism
PART II: Moving On: Theatre Education in the Twenty-first Century
Traces and Places
Globalisation and Regeneration: Re-branding Creativity
Dramatising Home: Places of Safety and Risk
'This Island's Mine': National Identity and Questions of Belonging
International Spaces: Global Citizenship and Cultural Exchange
Changing Worlds: Performing Science, Theatre and Public Engagement 
Cool Spaces: Learning in Theatre and Beyond Theatres
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