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A recent study from Birkbeck, University of London on the effects of live theatre on children as young as 3 uncovered three key benefits:

Improved social tolerance: Experiencing live theatre over watching similar content via a screed (such as a film) can achieve a much deeper understanding and absorption of the content, leading to higher levels of social tolerance and a greater ability to question.

Improved academic performance: Engagement with performing arts positively impacts academic performance and can boost academic performance of the average child by 4% when drama is part of the curriculum

Positive social change: Theatre holds immense value for children’s developing minds. It is a powerful tool for facilitating children and teenagers’ self-efficacy to promote positive social change as well as an improved ability to broach complex and difficult issues and subjects.

Dr. Natasha Kirkham, the author of the study (and no relation to our own Karen Kirkham) said: “This research suggests an evident benefit of theatre attendance for children, across a range of developmental areas. Theatre can improve social bonding, allow for emotions to be explored in a safe space, develop the emotional and cognitive skills to deal with a complicated world, and kick-start conversations about important issues.”

Additional key findings showed that children who saw a live performance instead of a film adaptation showed:

  • Higher scores on tests of content knowledge of the play
  • Higher scores on measures of social tolerance
  • Higher scores on tests of social perspective

Why is this important to you and to NewPendragon?  A year-round theatre in a walkable downtown provides year-round opportunities for children’s programs not feasible in the current older facility.

You can help: donate!

And don’t miss our holiday show, Mr Toad’s Christmas Carol, playing December 13-28, and featuring local youth. See the benefits of theatre in action! For tickets see the link below.

Article source: schooltravelorganiser.com and Birkbeck, University of London