The Arts Council is pleased to be piloting an initiative in partnership with the National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD), the Abbey Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival and the Association for Teachers’/Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI). This week, twenty post-primary teachers are following NAYD's Young Critics at the Dublin Theatre Festival. The teachers attended a workshop led by the Abbey Education Department and NAYD at Drumcondra Education Centre on Saturday 28 September. They will see three shows in the Dublin Theatre Festival, which will also be viewed and critiqued by sixteen young people participating in NAYD’s Young Critics programme. The programme will culminate with the Young Critics Forum on Sunday October 6th at Project Arts Centre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Teachers are exploring how a critical engagement with contemporary theatre supports learning in the post-primary curriculum.
The current initiative is part of a Performing Arts Learning Support (PALS) feasibility study being carried out by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon as a result of a review of theatrical presentations of curriculum plays conducted in 2012. The feasibility study is being conducted in the context of the Arts in Education Charter, jointly launched by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Minister for Education and Skills in December 2012.
For more information: www.performingartslearningsupport.org
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