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Child’s Play: Devising Intergenerational Collaborative Theatre With and For Young People in Aotearoa New Zealand

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This thesis investigates intergenerational collaborative theatre with and for young people in Aotearoa/New Zealand. It researches current practices in theatre for, by, and with young people (henceforth referred to as TYA), in New Zealand, and standards by which quality TYA can be recognised. Utilising an arts research methodology, this thesis identifies practical strategies for engaging a young audience and explores an intergenerational, collaborative devising theatre model for and with young people. It examines how theatre practitioners can work with young people to increase their sense of agency and empowerment in the work.

The purpose of this research is to contribute to an under-researched body of knowledge within New Zealand theatre, and enhance the current practice and status of TYA in Aotearoa and beyond. It critically analyses the way TYA is created, raising awareness of the body of work in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and contributes to academic and practitioner-based publications about TYA. This investigation aspires to create a pathway for directors and teachers, and to empower practitioners to create great TYA and view it as a valid and valuable career option, not just as a stepping stone to making adult theatre.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies


Hyland, Nicola; Evans, Megan