This Monday, 20 March 2017, is World Day of Theatre for Children. It is being celebrated with the global campaign Take a Child to the Theatre, which asks for young people to have access to creative play, performance, theatre and expression. What are you doing to celebrate? What about our special after-school performance of Boys Don’t at 4.30pm?
World Day of Theatre for Childrenis organised by ASSITEJ, the only association of its kind connecting thousands of theatre makers, artists, educators and producers dedicated to theatre for children across the world.
“Children cannot take themselves to the theatre,” says ASSITEJ President Yvette Hardie.
“The World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People is a call to recognize the dependence of children on the adults around them if they are to have critical exposure to the arts in general, and to live theatre in particular. For this reason we say ‘take a child to the theatre today’,” Yvette commented.
This year’s message has been written by Francisco Hinojosa, one of Mexico’s leading authors of children’s literature.
“A story well-told on stage doubtless captivates the children in the audience and somehow transforms them,” Francisco said.
“Leaving the theater after a show, the world seems different: it has been touched by a performance that allows members of the audience to see beyond the surface,” Francisco added.