Saturday 13 September 2014 was not like any ordinary day in the history of youth theatre in South Africa’s eastern city of Port Elizabeth. The Theatre4Youth Forum came to the Athenaeum to share its experiences in creating access to theatre for all children and engage with fellow artists and educators in the field.
This formed part of an initiative to increase the number of forums taking place around the country in order to bring more theatre and educational practitioners into this important conversation.
The organiser, ASSITEJ, aims to create an active dialogue between theatre practitioners, artists of related fields, educators, government, funders and other supporting bodies in order to engage in how theatre and the arts can serve and support the education system.
The forum pays attention to the needs of educators, learners, theatre companies and artists, specifically in relation to current obstacles within the Eastern Cape.