More than just audiences : Developing communitas and social inclusion through theatre participation for young people

Gattenhof, Sandra Jane (2015) More than just audiences : Developing communitas and social inclusion through theatre participation for young people. In Schonmann, Shifra (Ed.) The Wisdom of the Many - Key Issues in Arts Education. Waxmann Verlagg GmbH, Munster, pp. 273-277.

View at publisher


In a Facebook conversation about theatre going by young people in Brisbane playwright Valerie Foley noted, “theatre in and of itself may not have the cultural value it once had”. This chapter explores how three Australian live theatre/performance events – World Theatre Festival (Brisbane 2011 and 2012), Backbone’s annual 2High Festival (Brisbane 2012) and Next Wave Festival (Melbourne 2012) - repositioned the value of live performing arts to develop social cohesion and wellbeing for young people. The chapter draws out how these performance events developed communitas (Turner 2012) for young audiences.

Impact and interest:

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: 84555
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: International Yearbook for Research in Arts Education 3/2015
Keywords: theatre, social inclusion, communitas, young people, audiences
ISBN: 9783830931195
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > Drama
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: © Waxmann Verlag GmbH 2015
Copyright Statement: All rights reserved. No part of these pages may be used for any purpose other than personal use.
Deposited On: 26 Jul 2015 22:50
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2016 01:36

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page