Cultural Playing Field

National Association of Youth Theatres ‘Excellence and Inclusion Scheme’ by Robin Simpson
February 26, 2010, 8:55 am
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I was at Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Monday for the launch of the National Association of Youth Theatres ‘Excellence and Inclusion Scheme’ (EIS). EIS is two self assessment toolkits for youth theatres created by Professor Jonothan Neelands and Juliet Raysnford through a two-year collaborative and consultative process. NAYT Chief Executive, Jill Adamson, claims they are “without doubt the most useful documents ever to have been produced specifically for the youth theatre sector”. She said “the EIS allows us to take huge steps towards achieving our goal of providing high quality, inclusive accessible youth theatre for ALL young people, regardless of where they choose to access the provision”. NAYT has created 12 new partnerships, starting in April, with 9 regional theatres and 3 national training providers who will be collaborating with NAYT to bring about regular regional activity and supporting networks. Helping to launch the EIS scheme on Monday, Royal Shakespeare Company Artistic Director Michael Boyd said “I learned my trade in you theatre: I learned to be brave and to realise concretely the social value of theatre … When a young person is facing the contradiction between being ‘me’ and the grim necessity of fitting in, theatre is a genius at solving that paradox.”

Robin Simpson.

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