“We try to teach our children certainties…”

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 Lyn Gardner: Are we brave enough to stage work that challenges young people?

“We try to teach our children certainties. But it is better to teach them nothing at all because the world is an uncertain place and it is facing serious issues. It’s better to be honest and say we don’t have the answers. It’s better to work out what to do together.”

That feels even more necessary as the uncertainties of Brexit, the rise in populism and the climate emergency become increasingly urgent. While young people are increasingly stepping up on issues including the environment, mental health and social justice – issues on which we adults have failed woefully – too much work made for young people remains timid in content and form. It is often programmed and produced with an anxious eye towards the box office, hence the plethora of familiar page-to-stage titles.

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