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Theatre in Education in Britain: origins, development and influence

Theatre in Education in Britain: origins, development and influence

Wooster, Roger, author

Following on from the 50th anniversary of the birth of Theatre in Education (TiE) in Britain in 2015, this book provides a timely companion to the story of TiE. It contextualises it within the political and educational landscape of the last 50 years and examines its legacy today. It also offers insights into its future possibilities and applications in the field of applied theatre, drama in schools and pedagogical theory. With examples and analysis of international developments in TiE, the book offers a wide-ranging account of past and current practice

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Roger Wooster ; foreword by Philip Taylor
ISBN: 147259147X, 9781472591470
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 312 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Performing Arts.; Drama in education Great Britain.


  1. Illustrations
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Foreword by Philip Taylor (NYU, USA)
  4. Preface
  5. Part One: Roots
  6. Chapter One: Society, Theatre, Education and the first TIE experiments 1965-1966
  7. Chapter Two: The Development of the Theatre in Education Movement 1966-1976
  8. Chapter Three: Pedagogical Maturity 1976-1990
  9. Chapter Four: The Education Debate and the Era of ERA
  10. Afterword by Warwick Dobson (University of Victoria, Canada)
  11. Part Two: Fruits
  12. Chapter Five: Case Study: Careless Talk
  13. Chapter Six: Case Study: When Sleeping Dogs Awake
  14. Chapter Seven: The Aesthetics of TIE
  15. Chapter Eight: Making it and Making it Work
  16. Chapter Nine: International Perspectives and Influence
  17. Afterword by Chris Vine (CUNY, USA)
  18. Part Three: Shoots
  19. Chapter Ten: The Legacy of ERA: Funding and Programme Content
  20. Chapter Eleven: The Use and Abuse of Practice in contemporary TIE
  21. Chapter Twelve: Some Contemporary International TIE Programmes
  22. Chapter Thirteen: The Survivors: Case Studies of Contemporary TIE Programmes
  23. Chapter Fourteen: Conclusion: The Last Fifty Years of TIE
  24. Afterword by Anthony Jackson (University of Manchester, UK)
  25. Endnotes
  26. Bibliography
  27. Index

Author note

Roger Wooster is former Senior Lecturer at the University of South Wales, UK. He has published widely on Theatre in Education and presented papers at many international conferences. He is on the editorial board of the Journal for Drama Education.


[Wooster's] timely book Theatre in Education in Britain [is] an insightful narrative and analysis of the conditions in which TIE was created ... Wooster's attempt to trace this development of theory within the TIE movement, its internal differences and outside influences, is, for me, the strength of the book ... There is much to recommend.
Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Drama||Theatre in Education in Britain will prove to be an invaluable resource for those studying the field for years to come . Wooster chronicles with intellectual rigour and insight, the origins and development of a movement whose achievements in primary and secondary education has too-often been ignored or devalued.
Wales Arts Review||With this text, Roger Wooster brings light and specificity to the evolution of theatre in education

(TIE) as a practice, as a field, and as an art form.with a close look at its global germination in the local geography and polity of Britain. The book is a worthy read to the TIE field and all its kindred theatre forms, in Britain and beyond, as it chronicles a specific history with insights and implications for broader practical and theoretical realms. Wooster's long career as a TIE company member, academic, and witness to the evolution of TIE lends clarity and credibility. . This eminently trustworthy volume encourages readers to realize progress and legitimacy as we claim and construct a shared history. It provides a specific, thorough, and accessible account of TIE within a British context over decades from an embedded informant with a global reach. . Theatre in Education in Britain is a timely treasure for TIE and the broader field/s in which it finds itself a member. It marks a mantle passing at that moment when lived experience for one becomes history to another. Thank you, Roger Wooster, for living, making, and writing an important piece of our history.
Theatre Topics||As TIE celebrates more than 50 years of existence, Wooster, a leader and practitioner of the movement, provides the field with a great gift, a book that uncovers and analyses the history of a movement that inspired so many others . This book is vital to our understanding of the influences and conditions necessary for this method to emerge . An essential contribution for those working in the field, devoted to progressive teaching and learning or anyone who loves theatre, education and its rich history.
Journal of Applied Arts & Health