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Routledge International Companion to Education by Bob Moon, Sally Brown, Miriam Ben-Peretz

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THEATRE AND DRAMA EDUCATION

Themes and questions

Shifra Schonmann

 

 

In everyday life, if is a fiction, in the theatre if is an experiment. In everyday life, if is an evasion, in the theatre if is the truth. When we are persuaded to believe in this truth, then theatre and life are one. This is a high aim. It sounds like a hard work. To play needs much work. But when we experience the work as play, then it is not work any more. A play is a play.

Peter Brook, 1968, pp. 140–141.

Why do theatre and drama continue to claim their place in the educational landscape? Why is it that theatre and drama play a powerful cultural role in society but are not required as part of the compulsory school curriculum? Why do they have to battle to secure a ...

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