The TheatreSpace project confirmed that previous experience and an educated understanding of the nature of theatre and its forms, together with an ability to articulate that knowledge explicitly, play an important part in processing and deepening the experience for the young audiences. This complex factor is discussed in detail in this chapter, where it has been dubbed ‘theatre literacy’. The chapter explains that literate understanding of theatre is complex, and there are a number of related but distinct areas of understanding, each of which impacts on young people’s engagement with and appreciation of both the performance and the event.
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