Mirror, dynamo or lens? Drama, children and social change
Neelands, Jonothan (2010) Mirror, dynamo or lens? Drama, children and social change. In: O'Connor, Peter, Dr., (ed.) Creating Democratic Citizenship through Drama Education: the writings of Jonothan Neelands. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books. ISBN 9781858564562
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In this talk I will outline a collection of metaphors in search of an idea that can express theatre’s potential as a form of social pedagogy and socialisation both for young people of school age and also for its other audiences and makers. In talking of a pedagogy of theatre I will borrow from the late John McGrath’s use of the term a ‘learning paedia’ which he succinctly distils into two main features:
Accuracy – the audience must recognise and accept the emotional and social veracity of what is happening on stage, must identify with the core situation, whatever styly may be used to present it.
Relevance – the core situation must reflect the central, most profound realities of its time, must speak to its audiences about a truth that matters in their lives, whether social, moral, political, emotional or individual I (McGrath 2002, p. 138)
To these features of truthfulness and relevance he adds the core principle that theatre should use all possible means to reach every citizen and not act as ‘an excluding agency, whether by the price of its tickets, the manner of its box office staff, its location or its impenetrability’ (ibid. p.139).
|Item Type:||Book Item|
|Subjects:||L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education ( -2013)|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Social skills -- Study and teaching, Theater and society -- Great Britain, Drama in education -- Great Britain, Citizenship -- Study and teaching -- Great Britain, Social change -- Great Britain|
|Place of Publication:||Stoke on Trent|
|Book Title:||Creating Democratic Citizenship through Drama Education: the writings of Jonothan Neelands|
|Editor:||O'Connor, Peter, Dr.|
|Official Date:||March 2010|
|Number of Pages:||12|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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