12 Jul '14

News If we want theatre for the masses, we need grants to target audiences | David Edgar

Early experience of theatre, either as participants or spectators, is vital to encourage children, but the opposite is happeningWhat is theatre for? Is it an economic motor or a social instrument? Or, as the Greeks thought, a fundamental part of the democratic process, as vital as voting? And what the hell are its audiences doing sitting there in the dark?I am one of a group of a playwrights and academics who have tried to answer the last question as part of a major research project to define "cultural value" (what people get from the arts that they can't get anywhere else). Over the past 10 months we have surveyed audiences at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, the Young Vic in London and Plymouth's Drum theatre. Continue reading...

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