Theatre for children : guide to writing, adapting, by David Wood

By David Wood

David wooden has been known as through the London instances “the nationwide kid's dramatist.” featuring theatre for kids as a separate artwork shape, Mr. wooden the following attracts upon his event as a magician, actor, director, manufacturer, composer, and playwright, and analyzes the talents inquisitive about interesting and regarding audiences of youngsters in all places. He unearths his targeted strategies for catching and maintaining a kid's recognition, offers a realistic guide illustrated with excerpts from his performs, and gives a behind-the-scenes examine the paintings that is going into them. He additionally examines the enterprise aspect of kid's theatre, exhibiting precisely how a very good synopsis may also help to promote an concept. “The challenge,” he writes, “is to provide a distinct theatrical adventure to an viewers, lots of whom can be first-time theatergoers, to contain them emotionally, to maintain their curiosity in a narrative, to motivate and excite them utilizing theatricality, to cause them to snort, to cause them to imagine, to maneuver them, to entertain and teach them via triggering their imaginations.” This accomplished consultant written with Janet supply is key interpreting for execs and amateurs alike and for a person wishing to be all in favour of the theatre for kids.

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Polka Theatre, founded by Richard Gill, is a unique purpose-built children's theatre in Wimbledon. The Young Vic has presented several splendid productions for children. The National Theatre has occasionally included a children's play in its programme, notably the work of Michael Bogdanov and Alan Ayckbourn. Guy Holland's Quicksilver Theatre Company has toured successfully and David Holman's splendid plays have been presented in both schools and theatres. Some regional theatres regularly present children's plays, including the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, Contact Theatre in Manchester, and the Birmingham Stage Company.

This sums up one of the major considerations when embarking upon a theatre project for children. The audience is different from an adult audience. How children differ, what they respond to, what makes them turn off and how they react when confronted with a story acted out for them - knowledge of these areas is vital. How Children Differ 1. Children enjoy being active participants rather than passive spectators One of the most successful routines I perform in my children's magic show involves a flower which wilts whenever I'm not looking at it.

Most of us can remember being frightened by an episode of a series like Doctor Who o r by the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. We would hide behind the sofa and peep out a t the screen, seeing how long we dared keep our eyes open, but we always had the reassuring presence of a parent in the room, and the room itself was a familiar environment. So the power of the frisson never became t o o close for comfort. T h e experience in the theatre is similar. Children are surrounded by their friends, parents and others, and a certain amount of horror is really rather appealing.

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