Theatre for the Very Young

  • Manon van de Water
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History book series (PSTPH)


Theatre for Children and Youth has generally been perceived as geared to the traditional school-age group, that is, theatre for children age 5–11 (elementary school), for adolescents between 11 and 14 (middle school/early secondary), and youth 14–18 (high school/late secondary). Of these age groups, the 14- to 18-year-old audiences have been the least defined and are often relegated to attend suitable productions for adults. The elementary-school-age group is the most heavily targeted. And the adolescents frequently fall in between.


Parental Leave Aesthetic Experience Daycare Center Theatrical Experience Material Circumstance 
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  1. 12.
    For a more in-depth article on Small Size and its influence, see Gabi dan Droste “Distinguished Theatre for Young Children: About the European Network Small Size,” In Theatre for Early Years: Research in Performing Arts for Children from Birth to Three, Wolfgang Schneider, ed. (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2009).Google Scholar
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    For a historical overview of the specific development of TYA in the United Kingdom, see David Broster, “TYA-UK Developments—Reflections through a Looking Glass,” In TYA, Culture, Society: International Essays on Theatre for Youth, Manon van de Water, ed. (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2012: 127–136).Google Scholar

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