Children storm the stage with awkward questions for grownups

Children storm the stage with awkward questions for grownups

by Lyn Gardner, Guardian
Kids are increasingly creating work with adult theatre-makers and the results challenge our expectations of both childhood and performance.

'Children are increasingly taking over our stages, working alongside professional theatre makers, and the results are often invigorating, challenging our expectations of both childhood and performance. [...]

“Are there any paedophiles here today?” asked one of the girls, her eyes scouring the audience like searchlights. There is no direct challenge like that in Men and Girls Dance, a moving and exhilarating show created over a two-week residency by Fevered Sleep, in which a group of untrained young girls perform with five professional dancers whose hairy maleness is constantly exaggerated when seen alongside the girls’ fragile physicality. [...]

Men and Girls is brave and exquisitely beautiful in the way it confronts all of this head-on with honesty, and keeps challenging the idea that contact between adults and children is suspect.'

Read the full article about the show we hosted in August 2016 and the themes it explores here: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2016/nov/01/children-storm-the-stage-with-awkward-questions-for-grownups

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