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A Quiet Kind of Magic: Performance for Young Audiences in the New Millennium


Hunter, MA and Bourke, L, A Quiet Kind of Magic: Performance for Young Audiences in the New Millennium, Catching Australian Theatre in the 2000s, Editions Rodopi B.V, R Fotheringham and J Smith (ed), New York, pp. 123-150. ISBN 978-90-420-3752-6 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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By the early 2000s, Australian theatre for young audiences had begun to break free of categorical and limiting distinctions among youth theatre, theatre-in-education and commercial childrenís theatre. Supported by a growing acknowledgement of young people as active cultural participants in their own right, artists working with and for the under-twenty-six-year-olds were forging new performance partnerships and interdisciplinary approaches as a response to the industrial, technological, economic and social shifts of the new millennium. Drawing on Zygmunt Baumanís "fluid modernity", this chapter discusses the implications of these new perspectives on young people as artists and audiences, and provides insights into performances that engaged with intergenerationalism, risk and "quiet magic" as touchstones to navigate new contexts of constant and rapid change.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Australian theatre, theatre for young people, drama education, critical studies
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Performing arts
Research Field:Drama, theatre and performance studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The performing arts
UTAS Author:Hunter, MA (Dr Mary Ann Hunter)
ID Code:87063
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-11-06
Last Modified:2017-11-17
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