Manifesto
For Drama, Theatre & Young People
History

In 2008 the National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) brought together a group of people from across drama, theatre and learning to explore ways of working together in order to raise the profile of our work. Funding was secured from Arts Council England to commission a study into the feasibility of a drama and theatre manifesto for children and young people. Views were sought from a sample of people and organisations working across the entire sector. There was general consensus in support of the creation of a sector-wide strategic alliance and a statement of common purpose that could unite the sector and advocate for our work at the highest level.

See the report here: http://www.artscampaign.org.uk/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_details&gid=468

At a meeting of representatives from the sector in December 2009 an elected body was established – the Tactics and Action Group (TAG). Its remit has been to take the process forward, taking carefully considered action in ongoing consultation with the sector. The TAG’s first step was to create five succinct and unifying aspirations that all those who provide drama and theatre education for young people might adopt. Known individuals and networks in the sector were consulted directly on the appropriateness of the aspirations and the Facebook page was created to encourage further dissemination of the aims and to widen the network of responses. Responses to the consultation were received via three mechanisms: comments on the Facebook page, completion of a Survey Monkey survey and via email. A report detailing the results of this consultation is available.