Young people under the age of 26 are to be given theatre tickets in a new government initiative and taxpayers will be paying £2.5 million. Will that be money well spent? Will the young people want to go to the theatre and if they do will the plays deal with important moral and political questions? Will they just go to plays or will they also get involved in using drama?
I wrote a while ago about a theatre in Uzbekistan which has been making people think. In the UK there must be a number of theatre groups dealing with topical issues, informing people and promoting change. I do not know much about such groups but I have heard of one based in Scotland called 7:84 Theatre. The name comes from the statistic that 7% of the people in this country own 84% of the wealth.
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