About the Manifesto

The Drama, Theatre and Young People Manifesto calls for every child and young person to have an entitlement to drama and theatre throughout their education.  Making drama and theatre is an essential part of being human. Participating helps us to express what we care about, and why; reminding us of who we are and what we can be. Drama is a source for cultural capital, identity and heritage; it inspires us to take risks, think critically and builds social cohesion through collaboration. It can change and shape our lives through developing creativity, cognition, empathy and resilience. Children and young people thrive in schools where drama is accessible to all through the curriculum.

Developed by a range of drama and theatre education organisations the Manifesto calls for every child and young person to have an entitlement to drama and theatre throughout their education. We want:

  • High quality drama teaching to be made a curriculum entitlement for every child and young person
  • High quality theatre experiences to be made a cultural entitlement for every child and young person
  • Young people to be supported to enter the theatre workforce
  • A world class education workforce and infrastructure in drama and theatre education

You can download the manifesto here

Organisations involved in developing the manifesto include:

  • Action for Children’s Arts
  • London Drama
  • London Theatre Consortium
  • National Drama
  • NST (Nuffield Southampton Theatres)
  • SCUDD (The Standing Conference of University Drama Departments)
  • Theatre Education Forum

Organisation supporting the manifesto include: