#SeizeTheDay - Raising the profile of 
Drama & Theatre for children & young People.

20th-27th March 2023.

What is it?

Drama in schools and Theatre for young audiences has been dismissed, underfunded and undervalued for decades. We need decision makers, Government, MPs and school governors, to understand the value of Drama and Theatre Education.

 

Between 2010 and 2017 there was a 24% drop in students taking GCSE Drama. The Covid pandemic has had a devastating impact upon theatres that produce work for young audience despite emergency funding to sustain companies through the worst of it. The government has reneged on promised funding for arts subjects in schools while slashed funding in higher education.  

In March 2022 the DTEA co-ordinated events led by schools, theatre companies and practitioners, who invited their local MP and press to visit them and witness their experience.

 

We are expanding our campaign for 2023 with a weeks worth of events across the UK in schools and theatres, featuring performances, workshops and more with children and young people.

Why?
Drama and Theatre with children and young people matters!

"Children need to go to the theatre as much as they need to run about in the fresh air. They need to hear real music played by real musicians on real instruments as much as they need food and drink. They need to read and listen to proper stories as much as they need to be loved and cared for. 

The difficulty with persuading grown-up people about this is that if you deprive children of shelter and kindness and food and drink and exercise, they die visibly; whereas if you deprive them of art and music and story and theatre, they perish on the inside, and it doesn't show.” 

Sir Philip Pullman

Our Objectives

The three key objectives of the Alliance are:

 

  1. The inclusion in the curriculum of Drama as a Foundation Subject with the same status as Art and Music;

  2. The entitlement of every child to at least one annual engagement with professional theatre.

  3. A drama curriculum and theatre repertoire that is more representative of the UK population.

Get involved

Anyone can be a part of #SeizeTheDay 2023.

 

Plan an event!

This could be any sort of drama or theatre event for, with or by children and young people, such as:

  • A short performance by children and young people,

  • A workshop led by a visiting practitioner,

  • A cross curricular drama project in a school,

  • A drama-centred assembly,

  • A youth theatre performance in a local theatre or community setting,

  • A student production (or extract) in a university, perhaps with a local school invited to attend

  • A professional performance in a theatre for children, young people and families in a theatre, school, library or community setting.

​Invite your MP, Councillors and local Press!

Running an event is one thing, telling people about it is essential!

This is your opportunity to share your experience, of the journey the children and young people have been on, how drama and theatre has impacted them and the potitive effects it has had.

We need decision makers to witness this, to appreciate the value of drama and theatre in education, and to recognise the wider effect it has on schools and communities.

Don't forget to tell us about it too!

Just do what you do - only shout about it!

  • Film it, photograph it, document the event.

  • Interview those who take part and those who watch - get them to tell you why drama and theatre is important and the impact it has had on them.

  • Read our press release, create your own, and share it, along with our manifesto, with your local press, your MP, councillors and school govornors.

Checklist:

  1. Register your interest in hosting an event here.

  2. Check whether your MP has been invited.

  3. If your MP is not listed, Invite them to your event. Use this link to find your local MP.

  4. View our template invitation letter in Microsoft word or PDF. We recommend getting the children and young people you work with to help adapt this invitation.

  5. Invite your local newspaper or radio station.

  6. Post about your event on social media and in newsletters to your community. See our sample social posts template in Microsoft Word or PDF, and use the #SeizeTheDay.

  7. Review the NGA & ACE Guidance for School Governors on the teaching of Drama in schools and share throughout your school community

  8. Read our #SeizeTheDay campaign briefing note for schools.

  9. Download and print the Drama, Theatre and Young People Manifesto and petition to hand to your MP 
  10. Film the event and send it to us dtealliance@gmail.com via We Transfer or similar platforms. Please seek the permission of parents of any children filmed.

  11. Whether your MP or local press are able to attend or not, please share videos, photos, participant and audience testimony to them in lieu of a personal visit.

  12. Let us know how it went by replying to the email we will send you on 21st March.  

  13. After the nationwide events on 18th March, we will work with Change.org to create a petition demanding that DTEA’s three objectives are debated in Parliament.

 

For further information contact Steve Ball, Chair of DTEA drsteveball@hotmail.co.uk, or dtealliance@gmail.com

MPs
 

If your MP is not listed below, please find your MP here and invite them to visit you to experience your event.

Invited MPs:

Press Coverage etc.
MP Responses

Letter from Catherine West MP to Nadhim Zahawi - read more

Register your interest

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Thanks for registering to our event. See you there!