Members of YPT’s Education & Participation team, Lois Adamson & Karen Gilodo, have been published in Research in Drama Education (RiDE): The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance! Their piece focuses onHarper Lee’s ‎To Kill a Mockingbird in particular, and the challenges involved in introducing difficult subject matter to young audiences.
They explain:

While there are many reasons to view To Kill a Mockingbird as a classic, for children, the very concept of a classic holds little meaning. For them, it is a new story. What is familiar to adult audiences is to young people surprising, even shocking. This is particularly true with regard to the guilty verdict. Therefore, staging this play for young people requires recognition that the audience don’t already know the story.

To Kill A Mockingbird, courtroom scene

To Kill A Mockingbird, 2014/15, YPT. L-R: Matthew G. Brown, Mark Crawford, Jeff Miller & W. Joseph Matheson. Set & Costume Design by Dana Osborne, Lighting Design by Lesley Wilkinson, Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

Read the full article, entitled “To Kill a Mockingbird as a case study for examining artistic practice in relation to Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) in Canada today”, here.