Half Moons Building to be Preserved

Half Moon Young People’s Theatre is delighted to announce that Arts Council England has pledged a capital grant of £660,479 towards urgent repair and renovation of the exterior of their building in Limehouse, East London. The grant is subject to the completion of stage two of the application process. The building’s locally listed, ornate Victorian…

February Summary

After a highly successful “Take a Child to the Theatre Today” campaign in 2012, we hope you are all hatching plans for an even bigger day of celebration on March 20th 2013 International Day for Theatre for Children and Young People.  Let us know what you are planning so we can work together to make the most…

Kijimuna 2012 Report

At the ASSITEJ World Congress in Copenhagen and Malmö in May 2011, the General Assembly of ASSITEJ adopted a new constitution and established the possibility for an annual gathering of artists on a global level. In 2012 the very first ASSITEJ ‘International Meeting’ and artistic gathering of ASSITEJ took place in Okinawa City, JAPAN, from the…

Drama, Theatre and Young People

What is the Drama and Theatre Manifesto? This Drama & Theatre Manifesto has been led by the National Campaign for the Arts in extensive consultation with those involved in drama and theatre for children and young people in England. The Manifesto recognizes a common sense of purpose and a shared belief in the contribution drama and…

Imaginate benchmarking document Aug 2012

In Article 31 of  United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child it states that: Parties recognise the right of the child to rest and leisure to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts. Parties shall respect and promote the…

The Night Queen

The Night Queen returns! Hoopla and the Belgrade Theatre Coventry are bringing back their hit children’s play from 18th – 26th January 2013. Inspired by Mozart’s The Magic Flute, The Night Queen is a magical blend of music, mystery and adventure. Follow Pamina into the forest as she meets strange creatures and faces the challenge set her…

To Be Or Nor To Be? Drama in primary schools in England

The Department of Education (DfE) in England is asking for your opinion on the place of Drama in the National Curriculum. The DfE has published a draft of the new English Primary Curriculum and is asking for stakeholder responses from the sector. This is in advance of a more formal consultation in the Autumn. In…

Theatre Centre launches Skylines; a national programme for playwrights writing for young audiences

Saturday 8 September marked the launch of Skylines; a national professional development programme for playwrights wanting to write for young audiences. Over 40 participants, facilitators and Theatre Centre staff attended the Skylines Gathering at Platform, Islington in London to meet, discuss and debate around the theme of writing for young audiences. This Theatre Centre initiative,…

Disability Arts Update

The TYA UK Inclusivity Team will be heading to the Kennedy Centre in Washington this autumn as part of the convening ‘working towards setting a new agenda in disability arts’. Ten UK professionals will be attending and furthering work that was started in Malmo and Copenhagen as part of the last World Congress in 2011….