What is Theatre for Social Change?

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Thornton S

Year of Publication:

Collective Encounters

Publication Type:
Other Paper


In this paper the author draws on literature dealing with Applied Theatre, Community Theatre, Grassroots Theatre, Community Cultural Development, Political Theatre, socially engaged arts practice and protest performance to develop an understanding of what Theatre for Social Change in the 21st century might be. She seeks to define the field, tease out the key problems and challenges and begin to explore ideas around best and ethical practice.

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Drama

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Thornton S. (2012) What is Theatre for Social Change? An extract from From the Personal to the Political: Theatre for Social Change in the 21st Century with particular reference to the work of Collective Encounters: a review of relevant literature. Liverpool: Collective Encounters