Theatre & Education: Partnerships for Engaging Young Audiences

2 April 2014, 13:00 – 3 April 2014, 14:00
Sheffield Theatres, United Kingdom

Register here by 15 March

This workshop explores how to attract, engage and sustain young people as an audience for major performance houses. Geared at professionals working in major houses in the areas of education, community outreach and communication, it will present case studies from different European houses and invites participants to exchange their knowledge and ideas.

Why Young Audiences?

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Although often founded with mature adult audiences in mind, most major performance houses are increasingly interested in engaging young people in their activities. Not only do children, youths and young adults have a right to participate, they also form the audience of the future. However, young people have different needs and motivations concerning cultural participation and a few school performances do not transform theatre novices into loyal theatre fans.

Workshop Aims

This workshop explores how to attract, engage and sustain young people as an audience for major performance houses. It looks at barriers to entry, participation and repeat visits and illustrates with examples what the houses can do to engage with young audiences.  Finally, we will look at the way partnerships with schools and other organisations can help in this challenge.

Detailed Programme

Wednesday 2nd April

13.00   Arrival & Lunch
14.00   Welcome to Sheffield Theatres & Introduction (Dan Bates/ Lars Seeberg)
14.30  Workshop Part 1 – Theatre & Schools
Sheffield Theatre’s approach to Learning, led by Daniel Evans
(Artistic Director) and Emily Hutchinson (Creative Projects Manager)
16.30  Tour of Sheffield Theatres
17.30  KES – Production Visit
Meet with Jonathan Watkins (Adaptor, Director and Choreographer of KES)
and Daniel Evans to learn about the approach to collaborating on the show.
19.30   Performance of KES at Crucible Theatre
– joint meal after the performance – 

Thursday 3rd April

09.30 Workshop Part 2 – Theatre & Education
Case Studies by four European houses on engaging young people
11:30   Group Discussion – how to engage better with young audiences?
13:30  End of Workshop
(there is a chance to see KES on day 2 of the workshop)

Discussion Questions

UNDERSTANDING THE AUDIENCE

  • What attracts, engages and sustains young people of school age (5-16) to theatre/dance in major performance venues?
  • What factors act as barriers to engagement lead to exclusion?

THE ROLE OF THE THEATRE

  • What can major performance venues do to encourage the attendance of young people?
  • What skills, tools, resources, settings, programmes are required of major performance venues to attract young people?

EXTERNAL PARTNERSHIPS AND SUPPORT

  • Who are the key stakeholders and partners to do this work successfully?
  • What can be done on a structural/ political level to encourage this development?

Join the online working group on Theatre and Education for further information and discussion with fellow participants: http://theatron.ning.com/group/theatre-in-education (Theatron members only)

Practical Information

The workshop will take place at the Adelphi Room, Crucible Theatr – Sheffield Theatres, Norfolk Street, Sheffield UK. Please go to the Crucible Theatre Stage Door to sign in.


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How to get to Sheffield

Accommodation

Recommended options are the Jury’s Hotel http://www.jurysinns.com/hotels/sheffield and the Leopold http://leopoldhotel.co.uk/.

To benefit from the special rate offered to Sheffield Theatres, please follow the instructions received in your registration confirmation  email.

Registration

Register here by 15 March 2014:
http://www.theatron-network.eu/event-registration-form/
This workshop is for Theatron members and associated members. Other professionals with relevant experience can apply to attend.

Join the online working group on Theatre and Education for further information and discussion with fellow participants: http://theatron.ning.com/group/theatre-in-education (Theatron members only)

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