Creating community resilience: theatre for young audiences and the mental health crisis

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Hunt, A. and Braverman, Danny 2020. Creating community resilience: theatre for young audiences and the mental health crisis. Drama Research.
AuthorsHunt, A. and Braverman, Danny
Abstract

The authors explore the assertion that TYA in schools can play a significant role in addressing the mental health crisis affecting young people in the UK, with implications globally. There is growing consensus that the current mental health crisis is impacting on attainment. However, government remains reluctant to recognise the value of arts education in schools, as narrow instrumentalism continues to feed the ‘exam factory’. This paper proposes not just a reinvigoration of professional TYA in schools, but also a framework to evaluate ‘quality’. Braverman’s Dialogue Across Difference, inspired by the work of Jill Dolan (2008)/Victor Turner (2011), uses the exemplar of Theatre Centre UK. David Johnston’s (Artistic Director 1977-1986), leadership is placed within this framework to explore Hunt’s practice-as-research project Journeys of Destiny (2019). The authors reframe the notion of ‘resilience’ as a community-social paradigm in contrast to an individualistic-medical model.

Keywordstheatre, young audiences, mental health, schools, refugees
Year2020
JournalDrama Research
PublisherNational Drama Publications
ISSN2040-2228
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624701
hdl:10545/624701
Publication datesApr 2020
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Deposited15 Apr 2020, 11:45
Accepted21 Jan 2020
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This article was first published in Drama Research: international journal of drama in education Volume 10 April 2020 at: http://www.nationaldrama.org.uk/journal/
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ContributorsUniversity of Derby and Goldsmiths University
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