Acting like children

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Acting Like Children was a three-day event, which examined the notion of playing children and young people in work made for children and young people. Each day was led by a different theatre company:

  • Polka Theatre – Jonathan Lloyd, Artistic Director of London’s Polka Theatre led the first session held on 16th April 2011 from 10 am – 4 pm at Rose Bruford College
  • Travelling Light – Jude Merrill, artistic producer of this Bristol based theatre company led the second session on 12th May 2011 from 10.30 am – 5 pm, which was held at The Egg in Bath
  • Action Transport Theatre – Kevin Dyer Associate Writer for this company based in Ellesmere Port, led the final session with Artistic Director Nina Hajiyianni on 21st June 2011 from 10 am – 5 pm at The Birmingham Rep

It was intended for:

  • individuals and companies within the sector who want to explore and consolidate their practice
  • Acting graduates interested in developing their craft
  • Students on courses with children’s theatre modules
  • Lecturers and teachers who deliver children’s theatre modules

The event  was supported by Rose Bruford College, TYA-UK, Arts Council England, Cheshire West and Cheshire Borough Council and Bristol City Council.

Participants were charged £40 per day with concessions available for £25

The event was documented as part of the work of the TYA Centre by Jeremy Harrison and was attended by students from our MA TYA and the programme’s manager Richard Sadler.

What follows is an account of each of the three days illustrated by film clips. The complete footage from the three days is available to view at the TYA Centre Archive by appointment only.

Download the Acting Like Children research paper here.

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