Theatre and the Child as a Person

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Tomaszewska, Ewa (2016)
  • Publisher: Edukacja Elementarna w Teorii i Praktyce
  • Journal: Elementary Education in Theory and Practice (issn: 2353-7787, eissn: 1896-2327)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.14632/eetp.2016.11.41.167
  • Subject: Education | pedagogika | sztuka dla dziecka; teatr dla dzieci; teatr dziecięcy; edukacja estetyczna; teatr interaktywny

Theatre for young people should help children in their individual development and also prepare new, intelligent and open theatrical audiences for the future. This is very important in a world endangered by the unification and cybernation of human beings. Theatre involving children can be manifested in two different ways: theatre for children and children’s theatre. The first is created by adult artists for a young audience. It treats art as a source of knowledge about culture, civilization and the spiritual condition of people. In this respect, theatre for children is a part of art for children. Children’s theatre is created by children. The emphasis is placed on the process of creating the show and not on the effect. For that reason, children’s theatre is a part of pedagogy. The text presents 4 examples of theatrical creation termed “interactive theatre”. Such theatre engages the audience much more fully and activates their imagination and creative thinking much more than traditional theatre does.
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