On Friday 22nd November, Centre Stage +20: A Report on Youth Theatre in Ireland, was launched at the all-Ireland Youth Theatre Symposium at University College Cork.
Centre Stage +20 is the third major national study of youth theatre undertaken by Youth Theatre Ireland. It updates findings from Centre Stage (1998) and Centre Stage +10 (2009).
Researched and written by Youth Theatre Ireland’s Research and Development Officer, Rhona Dunnett, the report examines youth theatre under the following headings:
• Youth theatre structures, funding and resources;
• Youth theatre practice and programming;
• Youth theatre members and leaders;
• Outcomes of participation in youth theatre
Findings show that youth theatre is contributing to the cultural inclusion of rural young people, LGBTI+ young people and young people with a range of intellectual and learning disabilities.
The research findings also highlight the critical need for funding opportunities that can support the core activities of youth theatres.
The report can also be dowloaded in full or by chapter from youththeatre.ie