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Birmingham Rep, Youth and Community, and the Products and Possibilities of Precarity

Cochrane, Claire ORCID: (2017) Birmingham Rep, Youth and Community, and the Products and Possibilities of Precarity. The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance (RIDE), 22 (1). pp. 36-49. ISSN 1356-9783 Online: 1470-112X

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Birmingham Rep, a leading producing theatre based in the UK’s
‘second city’, has historically had a complex relationship with the cultural priorities of its home city. In recent years, Birmingham City
Council has faced multiple challenges represented by debt
15 burden, government-imposed cuts in public funding, scandals
linked to failing children’s services and fears of Islamic radicalisation in the city’s schools. From a detailed consideration
of the way the Rep’s artistic policy has been shaped in the context of chronic financial instability and these broader challenges, I argue that the increasingly central position youth
20 and community engagement has assumed signals a major paradigm shift in the expectations associated with the role and function of the regional producing theatre in the UK.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance on , available online:”

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Birmingham Rep, community, resilience, producing, city, young people
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 12:36
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:16

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