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Beyond the culture of concern: the context and practice of TYA in contemporary Northern Ireland

Maguire, Tom (2015) Beyond the culture of concern: the context and practice of TYA in contemporary Northern Ireland. In: Youth and Performance – Perceptions of the Contemporary Child. (Eds: Wartemann, Geesche, Saglam, Tülin and McAvoy, Mary), Olms Weidmann, Hildesheim, pp. 43-58. ISBN 978-3-487-15241-7 [Book section]

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This essay explores the ways in which Theatre for Young Audiences in Northern Ireland has responded to a context in which children and childhood are regarded as vulnerable and in need of protection through legal provisions and educational structures that inhibit their autonomy and experience of childhood. Such concerns while widely shared within Western cultures are specifically inflected in Northern Ireland by concerns about sectarianism and sexual abuse. In contrast to these social structures, TYA practice in Northern Ireland is driven by a desire to expand the experiences of children. Through practices that are informed by an engagement with the wider culture of TYA internationally, children are able to access innovative experiences that reflect their own lives and reconfigure the places they inhabit.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Childhood, children, Theatre for Young Audiences, Northern Ireland
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:31740
Deposited By: Dr Thomas Maguire
Deposited On:01 Jun 2015 08:37
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:18

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