Have Your Say - Theatre For Young People

Have Your Say - Theatre For Young People

What plays do young people really want to see?

Are some subjects inappropriate for young audiences?

Is there a difference between the plays developed for young audiences in the UK and the rest of Europe?

Are we more frightened in the UK of programming challenging plays than in other European countries?

Should we fictionalise real events when creating plays for young people?

There has been lots of debate in the national and international arena about theatre for young people. As one of this country’s leading producing theatres, we at The REP feel that it’s vital to get involved in this conversation, and we want to hear from you.

This page is a place for you to let us know your opinions on this important topic.

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Are we more frightened in the UK of programming challenging plays than in other European countries? yes I think we are more frightened in general about approaching most things to do with young people. I think this stems from a misguided belief of some that children need protecting from life's harsh realities, when in fact very often they are at the sharp end anyway. Coupled with this is their immediate disconnection if they feel at all patronised. We need to ensure that engagement with them is both meaningful and honest. Especially on issues such as drugs and sex.
I believe that in some European countries they are more upfront and engaged.