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D&D Roadshow 2013 - BRIGHTON

Why is theatre seen as a minority activity?

Catherine Ireton - 9 September 2013

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This started as a discussion about class, and the dividing lines that exist between classes that are being further entrenched rather than dissappearing under this government.

The question was asked if children go to theatre and their parents bring them, what stops them continuing? Are we making the right work for teenagers? And what has happened to TIE? Is the quality not as good as it once once?

A lot of questions were raised around audiences. For music audiences are invested in the performance before they come. Music audiences and music fans are forgiving of the performers, but theatre audiences are much less so.

Is it our goal to make commercially successful work and is that what is the way to make it less a minority activity?

Perhaps the question is why is it even still popular considering everything else that people have to do.

How do you turn minority into something else?
e.g. campaign to turn off tvs and come to dome instead

take it to the people out on the streets

what makes people stop and pay attention?
- seating (comfort)
- Location choice

Without Walls companies touring - a closed circuit
how do you open it up?

Is class a red herring?
What does this question mean? Is it a middle class question?

How do we think about class in relation to theatre?
-Income
- culture vs entertainment
- choices/ tastes

Other art forms are more immediately accessible
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