In the mouth of the imagination : positioning children as co-researchers and co-artists to create a professional children's theatre production

Gattenhof, Sandra Jane & Radvan, Mark (2009) In the mouth of the imagination : positioning children as co-researchers and co-artists to create a professional children's theatre production. Research in Drama Education, 14(2), pp. 211-224.

View at publisher


In recent decades a number of Australian artists and teacher/artists have given serious attention to the creation of performance forms and performance engagement models that respect children’s intelligence, engage with themes of relevance, avoid the cliche´s of children’s theatre whilst connecting both sincerely and playfully with current understandings of the way in which young children develop and engage with the world. Historically a majority of performing arts companies touring Australian schools or companies seeking schools to view a performance in a dedicated performance venue engage with their audiences in what can be called a ‘drop-in drop-out’ model. A six-month practice-led research project (The Tashi Project) which challenged the tenets of the ‘drop-in drop-out’ model has been recently undertaken by Sandra Gattenhof and Mark Radvan in conjunction with early childhood students from three Brisbane primary school classrooms who were positioned as co-researchers and co-artists. The children, researchers and performers worked in a complimentary relationship in both the artistic process and the development of product.

Impact and interest:

2 citations in Web of Science®
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

ID Code: 26551
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional URLs:
Keywords: drama pedagogy, children's theatre, arts education, creative practice as research, practice-led research
DOI: 10.1080/13569780902868812
ISSN: 1356-9783
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Past > Schools > Drama
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor and Francis
Deposited On: 29 Jul 2009 21:29
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:05

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page