When I am working on a new piece of theatre for young people, I always ask myself two questions. Firstly, what about this project is interesting and engaging to young people? But secondly, and possibly more importantly, what about this project is interesting and exciting to me as an artist? Children's theatre (and music and television and books) has too long been about what adults think kids should be interested in, rather than viewing it as a collaborative artistic experience for both children and adults.
So this winter, as you are struggling to keep everyone happy and creative while stuck at home, think about what what YOU find exciting and interesting about a particular artistic media or subject, and work with your child in the role of collaborator, as an equal, rather than as a leader or instructor.
As an inspiration, here are some beautiful parent/child collaborations that I've come across on the web lately. Get inspired and let us know what you come up with!
Using her imagination, she creates fantasy worlds for the sleeping Wengenn to journey into. To create these wonderful scenes she uses spare cloth, stuffed animals and other common household items as props. "