This companion interrogates the relationship between theatre and youth from a global perspective, taking in performances and theatre made by, for, and about young people.

These different but interrelated forms of theatre are addressed through four critical themes that underpin the ways in which analysis of contemporary theatre in relation to young people can be framed: political utterances – exploring the varied ways theatre becomes a platform for political utterance as a process of dialogic thinking and critical imagining; critical positioning – examining youth theatre work that navigates the sensitive, dynamic, and complex terrains in which young people live and perform; pedagogic frames – outlining a range of contexts and programmes in which young people learn to make and understand theatre that reflects their artistic capacities and aesthetic strategies; applying performance – discussing a range of projects and companies whose work has been influential in the development of youth theatre within specific contexts.

Providing critical, research-informed, and research-based discussions on the intersection between young people, their representation, and their participation in theatre, this is a landmark text for students, scholars, and practitioners whose work and thinking involves theatre and young people.

chapter 1|15 pages


BySelina Busby, Kelly Freebody, Charlene Rajendran

part 1|115 pages

Political Utterances

chapter 2|21 pages

Bodyliness in European Applied Theatre Projects

Reflecting on the Importance of Inviting the Body to the Workshop's Room
ByGabriel Vivas-Martínez

chapter 3|12 pages

Becoming Giants

Towards Oceania through Mastery of Bodily Skills and Techniques
ByPeilin Liang

chapter 4|16 pages

Navigating Adultism in Critical Youth Theatre Practice

ByMatthew Elliott

chapter 5|15 pages

The Manipulation of Mowgli

Performing Youth, Deconstructing Racialization, and Tracing Imperialism in The Jungle Book
ByAsif Majid

chapter 7|17 pages

Performing Violence, Devising Futures?

Performance with and by Young People in Rwanda and Uganda
ByHope Azeda, Lillian Mbabazi, Bobby Smith

chapter 8|13 pages

Scotland's Youth Theatre and Drama Sector

ByWilliam D. Barlow, Douglas Irvine

part 2|142 pages

Critical Positioning

chapter 9|16 pages

Arena Theatre Company

Making Theatre with Young People as a Methodology for Making Theatre for Young People
ByMeg Upton, Richard Sallis, Christian Leavesley, Jolyon James

chapter 10|17 pages

'Home Grown' Productions for their Own Young People

Researching Community Theatre Groups in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
ByEmma Durden

chapter 11|11 pages

Re-Thinking "Theatre" During Social Distancing

How Cosmic Kids Yoga Got Us Through a Pandemic
ByDani Snyder-Young, Des Bennett, Anna Birnholz, Kaitlyn Fiery, Hannah Levinson, Devon Whitney

chapter 12|17 pages

Theatre of Hope

PaGaSa 1 in the Praxis of Youth Advocates through Theater Arts (YATTA)
ByDessa Quesada Palm, Jazmin Llana

chapter 13|17 pages

Trials and Tribulations

Creating Theatre for Young Audiences with or without Youth
ByDavid Montgomery, Gina L. Grandi, Teresa A. Fisher, Jim DeVivo

chapter 14|11 pages

Between Past and Future

Edward Bond and the Representation of Adolescent 'Crisis'
ByMartin Heaney

chapter 15|18 pages

The Imagined Child Onstage

Theatrical Depictions of Parental Grief during Transition for Youth on the Autism Spectrum
ByMolly Mattaini

chapter 16|18 pages

Access to Theatre for Young People in India

Thespo's Journey through Change and Challenge from 1999 to 2021
BySrishti Ray, Srividya Srinivas

chapter 17|13 pages

Verbatim Formula

Affect, Agency, and Participatory Performance with Care-Experienced Young People
ByMaggie Inchley, Sylvan Baker

part 3|145 pages

Pedagogic Frames

chapter 18|17 pages

"Writing What Matters to Me"

Voicing Latinx Youth Concerns through Theatre Scriptwriting
ByClaudia G. Pineda, Rossella Santagata, Joseph Jenkins

chapter 19|18 pages

Let Them Speak

Devised Theatre as a Culturally Responsive Methodology for Secondary Students
ByJonathan P. Jones

chapter 20|15 pages

The Artistic and Pedagogical Experience at the Casa Do Teatro, Brazil

ByLígia Maria Camargo Silva Cortez

chapter 21|24 pages

Botanical Drama – Theatre for Young People

ByJustine Marie Bruyère

chapter 22|16 pages

To the Syllabus and Beyond

Young People Learning through Theatre-Making in Australian Schools
ByKaty Walsh, Christine Hatton

chapter 23|20 pages

A Dialogue Across the Circle

Creating 'Authentic' Theatre for Achievement Standards in New Zealand Secondary Schools
ByJane Isobel Luton, Holly Charlotte Luton

chapter 24|14 pages

Artist- and Teacher-Supported Extra-Curricular Theatre in Secondary Schools

Exploring the Benefits of a 'Betwixt and Between' Youth Theatre Form
ByJennifer Penton, Julie Dunn, Linda Hassall, Natalie Lazaroo, Adrianne Jones

chapter 25|17 pages

Making Space

A Community-Engaged Youth Theatre Practice Grounded in Care
ByAlysha Herrmann, Claire Glenn, Sarah Peters

part 4|134 pages

Applying Performance

chapter 26|16 pages

'What does Transformative Justice Look Like?'

Clean Break Theatre Company and the Young Artists Development Programme
BySarah Bartley

chapter 27|24 pages


Sex Education by Theatre - Empowering Youth from a Community Where Sex Is Culturally Taboo to Take Centre Stage
ByShira B. Taylor

chapter 29|15 pages

United We Stand?

Devised Theatre for Social Change with Youth in a Tumultuous America
ByElizabeth Brendel Horn, Tonya Hays

chapter 30|21 pages

All the Stage is a World

Prospects for Virtual Reality Theatre with Young People
ByJennifer Beckett, Paul Rae

chapter 31|17 pages

Young People's Theatre in Thailand

A Performance Ecology Approach
ByPornrat Damrhung