RECENT DEVELOPMENTSA draft for consultation of a ‘Drama, Theatre and Young People Manifesto’ has just been circulated. This follows a consultation process earlier this year on five draft aspirations for a manifesto/strategy. The aspirations were sent to an initial consultee list of over 90 individuals and organisations connected with drama and theatre and young people, as well as to signatories to this Facebook page, to circulate among networks for discussion. In May, consultation sessions were held in Birmingham, Bristol, Chichester, London and York, at which there was an opportunity to delve down further into the aspirations and how they might work in practise. There were calls to reduce the overall number of aspirations and examples where some could be merged (and this was also reflected in some of the Facebook comments.) There was also some debate as to whether the sector should be issuing a ‘strategy’ or a ‘manifesto’, although there was a united view that the document needed to be a call for action. In order to move forward, we would now like your input and feedback on the following: 1. It has always been our intention to strike a balance between advocating for drama as a learning medium and theatre as an art form. Do you feel that we have struck the right balance in the Manifesto? 2. Could this document be useful in bringing the drama and theatre education sector together around common objectives? 3. Given the current economic and political climate how should the document be used? As a lobbying tool? Or a unifying strategy for the sector? Or both? 4. How might this document be improved as an advocacy document for drama and theatre education in all its forms? Please email your comments to: Louise de Winter
National Campaign for the Arts Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please include ”Drama & Theatre response’ in the email subject line)
– OR – Discuss the draft and questions are discussion forums on this Facebook page Please feel free to forward the link to the draft to your colleagues or networks and encourage them to take part. THE DEADLINE FOR ALL RESPONSES IS 12.00 NOON ON THURSDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2010.
HERE IS A LINK TO THE MANIFESTO on scribd