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Creating the Debate 21 years on…

To celebrate the company's 21st anniversary we have kicked off a process of reflecting on our work. All our activities involve many different partners and audiences. So we want to include as many voices as possible in this process. We have asked a wide range of people to participate in the discussion and their perspectives will appear on this site in the form of short essays or films. Views might come from scientists, artists, educators, journalists, students or others. The contributions will discuss some the issues raised when theatre encounters complex social, ethical or technical themes.

If you would like to take part in the discussion, you can post a comment or question after any of the postings. You may have seen the company's work and have your own opinions to add or you may want to agree or disagree with the views of the contributors. Whatever the case, we hope the site gives you a further insight into how and why we do what we do.
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So are you really a theatre company then? By Tony Jackson


In this essay Emeritus Professor of Educational Theatre, Tony Jackson, contextualises Y Touring's work in the wider movement of participatory theatre, and traces the origins of our work back to the Theatre in Education movement which began in the mid 60's.


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Derek Barnes



In this interview Derek Barnes, who has cast shows for Y Touring and is a member of Y Touring’s advisory board talks about his involvement with the company.
He discusses how he first got involved and why he feels the company is important both educationally and artistically. He also talks about why he feels working with the company is an enriching experience for actors.
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Iddo Goldberg, Actor



In this interview Iddo Goldberg talks about acting in the Y Touring production Pig in the Middle. He talks about what he learned through working with Y Touring and how he found the experience
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Claudia, Student, Westgate School



In this interview Westgate student, Claudia talks about her experience of watching the Y Touring production Breathing Country.
She discusses what she learned and what stuck in her mind about the production.

Download an audio version of Breathing Country Here
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Professor Sir Iain Chalmers, James Lind Initiative



In this interview Professor Sir Iain Chalmers talks about his involvement with the Y Touring production Starfish. He discusses the development process of Starfish with reference to how accuracy of information issues within the play were addressed through the drafting process.

Download an audio version of Starfish here
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Hival, Student, George Green School



In this interview Hival, a student from George Green School talks about watching the Y Touring production Breathing Country. He discusses what he learned from watching the production and recalls what was memorable for him about it.

Download an audio version of Breathing Country Here
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Simon Vinnicombe, Playwright



In this interview playwright Simon Vinnicombe talks about the play Ceremony which he wrote for Y Touring as part of the project with King's College. He discusses why he felt it was important to have young people involved in the play development process.
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Dickon Tolson, Actor



In this interview Dickon Tolson talks about acting in the Y Touring production The Inner Circle. He recalls his first audition for Y Touring and what he gained from working with Y Touring.
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Sue Nott, BBC



In this interview Sue Nott from the BBC talks about how she first got involved with Y Touring. She talks about her favourite productions and her involvement in the BBC filming of the Y Touring production of Sweet as You Are.
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