This book brings together respected international academics and practitioners from citizenship and drama to debate, share their experiences and plan a way forward for academic and professional best practice in drama and citizenship education for a democratic society.

Drawing on international contributions, the chapters explore fundamental ideas about theatre and drama from a global perspective with connections made to action and identity. The main section of the book showcases authors from around the world discussing their perspectives of what is happening within particular countries and exploring a range of ideas and issues that relate to vitally important matters including community, socialism, post-colonialism, diversity, inclusion and more. The final section of the book brings together teams of authors from citizenship and drama education, who discuss the essential elements of citizenship education and encourage insight and practical collaboration from drama experts.

The book is unique in presenting dynamic interaction between citizenship and drama experts and encouraging academics and professionals to develop their own work in these areas. It will be of great interest to academics, researchers and students in the fields of citizenship education, drama education and all those interested in promoting social justice through education.

chapter |6 pages


ByNicholas McGuinn, Norio Ikeno, Edda Sant, Ian Davies

part Part I|32 pages

Perspectives and principles

chapter 2|10 pages

Drama and active citizenship

ByPeter O’Connor, Kelly Freebody

chapter 3|10 pages

Young people, musical theatre and identity

ByDanny Braverman

part Part II|90 pages

Country case studies

chapter 5|10 pages

Russia—social theatre

ByManon van de Water

chapter 8|10 pages

Japan – at the forefront of change

ByTakahiro Watanabe

chapter 10|10 pages

South Africa – struggling on

ByMartin Braund, Logamurthie Athiemoolam

chapter 11|9 pages

Pakistan – oppositional voices and strategies of critique

ByFarhan Ebadat Yar Khan, Rida Sarfraz, Ghazal Shaikh

part Part III|78 pages

Ideas, issues and actions

chapter 13|10 pages

Ways into drama: preparing for engagement

ByJonathan Sharp, Peter Brett

chapter 14|10 pages

Voices: drama and the development of speaking and acting in public spaces

BySarah Evans, Caroline Pacievitch, Marcia Donadel, Edda Sant

chapter 15|11 pages

Youth political literacy and drama pedagogy

ByDaehoon Jho, Cheraé Halley

chapter 16|10 pages

Against the odds: community citizenship education and drama in South Africa

ByJoseph Divala, Martin Braund, Logamurthie Athiemoolam

chapter 17|9 pages

Drama and social and moral responsibility

ByAndrew Peterson, Joseph Winston

chapter 18|10 pages

Identity, drama and citizenship education

ByGhazal Shaikh, Paulina Bronfman Collavati

chapter 19|7 pages

Professional development

ByLee Jerome, Gareth Evers, Alex Suthern

chapter 20|9 pages

Conclusions and recommendations

ByNicholas McGuinn, Norio Ikeno, Edda Sant, Ian Davies