The Tashi project 2004-2010 : developing methods for creating theatre works that fully engage children aged between 3 and 10

Radvan, Mark Lucjan (2012) The Tashi project 2004-2010 : developing methods for creating theatre works that fully engage children aged between 3 and 10. Professional Doctorate thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

Over a seven-year period, Mark Radvan directed a suite of children’s theatre productions adapted from the original Tashi stories by Australian writers Anna and Barbara Fienberg. The Tashi Project’s repertoire of plays performed to over 40,000 children aged between 3 and 10 years old, and their carers, in seasons at the Out of the Box Festival, at Brisbane Powerhouse and in venues across Australia in two interstate tours in 2009 and 2010. The project investigated how best to combine an exploration of theatrical forms and conventions, with a performance style evolved in a specially developed training program and a deliberate positioning of young children as audiences capable of sophisticated readings of action, symbol, theme and character. The results of this project show that when brought into appropriate relationship with the theatre artists, young children aged 3-5 can engage with sophisticated narrative forms, and with the right contextual framing they enjoy heightened dramatic and emotional tension, bringing to the event sustained and highly engaged concentration. Older children aged 6-10 also bring sustained and heightened engagement to the same stories, providing that other more sophisticated dramatic elements are woven into the construction of the performances, such as character, theme and style.

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ID Code: 60981
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Supervisor: Wissler, Rodney & McKee, Alan
Keywords: children’s theatre, theatre for children and young people, Tashi, imaginary theatre, child-centred, impulse work, impulse training, dramaturgy, Anna Fienberg
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 28 Jun 2013 00:01
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 02:34

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