TODAY is World Children’s Theatre Day, a global celebration of the power of drama to enrich young lives.
At Jack Drum Arts in Crook, County Durham, they have been preparing for the day by questioning the young people they work with.
They have asked what drama and theatre mean to them and to their friends and families.
The information gathered is be posted on the Jack Drum Facebook page. All are invited to visit www.facebook.com/jackdrumarts and to post messages of support for children’s drama.
Michael Morpurgo, pictured, author of books including War Horse which has been turned into a hit stage play, is among many high profile supporters of World Children’s Theatre Day.
He said: “For young people coming to the theatre for the first time, the effect is electrifying, utterly compelling. It is live in front of their eyes, the story, the spectacle, the music, the lighting, the movement, the sound, the actors.
“Such an experience can change young lives. It informs and enriches us all.”
Jack Drum Arts, founded in 1986 as a workers’ cooperative, are campaigning for children’s theatre in the face of funding cuts.