Theatre for Young Audiences in the UK has always been open to and supportive of disabled artists and has explored topics related to disability in plays for young audiences since the 1980’s.
There can be ignorance and fear surrounding Disability Arts for Young Audiences and the aim of our day at Assitej is to offer an insight, some examples of work and a space to exchange ideas, ask questions and initiate international links, so that when they return home, delegates will feel empowered and excited to try this work for themselves. We are incredibly pleased to present this seminar day and realise that we have an opportunity to inspire artists from around the world and in turn, be ourselves inspired. This is the first time Disability Arts for Children and Young People has been discussed and explored at any of the ASSITEJ International Festivals, during the fifty years of the Association’s life. That is falls to TYA ASSITEJ-UK to present this work is a great honour for us and recognition of good practice, one we wish to really live up to.