Saturday, May 24, 2003

Secrets To Good Children's Theatre:
  1. decide what story you're telling and then get on with it; adults may enjoy the odd interesting digression, children simply lose interest and start eating crisps
  2. avoid irony and political point scoring at all costs; children can sense the strident negative energy a mile off and are bored by it
  3. avoid deliberate artiness in design and make things look like what they are supposed to be
  4. keep it simple and remember that less is more; children come to the theatre to be told a story, not to admire someone's fancy set design or hard-won clowning skills

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