The MA Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) is a multi-disciplinary programme designed for entrepreneurial theatre makers and practitioners including actors, directors, scriptwriters, producers, scenographers and others with a relevant background in theatre and performance. Storytelling, new writing and visual theatre, including puppetry, are a particular focus of the course. Applicants will also have a desire to learn more about the structures of creative enterprise and business that surround this burgeoning field of performance making.
The course intends to foster an intensively collaborative experience situated at Theatre Royal Bath’s the egg, one of the country’s leading providers of theatre and related practice in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences.
Crucial to your experience of this new course is the use of the egg as the base of practice. You will be given the opportunity to immerse yourself in the operational life of one of the most innovative venues for TYA in the country: the egg “is a fantastic theatre that offers some of the best work for children and family audiences” (Lyn Gardener – The Guardian).
Coupled with the considerable resources of the Department of Performing Arts, this unique environment will give you the opportunity to work with others within your chosen specialism to create a new piece of theatre for young audiences. This creative journey will be informed and underpinned by you gaining:
- This creative journey will be informed and underpinned by you gaining a practical, critical and analytical understanding of:
- Practical methodologies and processes for creating theatre and storytelling for young audiences
- Educational pedagogy in the creative arts for young people, including workshop facilitation and experiential learning - paradigms
- The performance field through examination of the work of key companies and playwrights
- The role of digital technologies and traditional scenography in the creative process and product
- The arts business, associated funding models and market infrastructure in which the work is situated.
Assessment methods will include both written and practical work, including a final showcase presentation in conjunction with the egg.