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Thinking Theatre: Enhancing Children’s Theatrical Experiences Through Philosophical Enquiry

Reason, Matthew (2008) Thinking Theatre: Enhancing Children’s Theatrical Experiences Through Philosophical Enquiry. Childhood and Philosophy, 4 (7). pp. 115-145.

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Abstract

A marker of quality in a cultural experience is its enduring resonance as it engages its
audience intellectually, imaginatively or emotionally. This is certainly the case with
theatre that is made for adults and we should have the same ambition in theatre made
for children. It is worth acknowledging, however, that children might need to be
actively invited to take their engagement with a theatre performance further and
provided with the time, skills and structures through which to do so. This paper
presents the findings of a piece of research commissioned to explore the potential of
using Philosophy Enquiry for Children (P4C) as the structure through which to deepen
and enhance children’s engagement with theatre. In doing so it explores what happens
when theatre is used as the stimulus material for a philosophical enquiry, providing
insights into both the nature of the theatrical experience and the nature of P4C.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
School/Department: School of Performance & Media Production
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/913

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