For Drama, Theatre & Young People
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The Drama and Theatre Manifesto recognizes a common sense of purpose and a shared belief in the contribution drama and theatre makes to the quality of children’s lives in school and beyond. It is a call to action to young people, parents, teachers and theatre practitioners to unify their efforts and ensure that young people have access to drama and theatre. The Manifesto is centred on three core beliefs, any or all of which might be already be part of your work with and for children and young people. Alongside these core beliefs is a series of specific objectives, some of which we are achieving already and others that we need to work towards in order to secure the things that we believe in.

Who has written it? An elected body of individuals working in the sector has led the process of consultation and drafting the Manifesto. The Manifesto has been written by people working in young people’s drama and theatre.

Jill Adamson Hull Truck Theatre
Steve Ball Birmingham REP
Emrys Green National Association of Youth Theatres
Vicky Ireland Theatre director and Vice Chair of Action for Children’s Arts
Mark Londesborough Royal Society of Arts
Prof Jonathan Neelands University of Warwick
Hilary Strong Former Director of the National Council for Drama Training
Pater Wild Drama teacher and consultant

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