New Publication: Youth Theatre – A Casebook is Released

Best-practice examples to make theatre with and for young people

14 October 2020

A publication for the creative community of theatre professionals, presenting reflection and best-practice examples to make theatre with and for young people.

What occupies the mind of the young generation today? This was a core question for the development of a new European drama repertory for young people in the frame of Young Europe III. The project, initiated by the ETC, gathered 9 European theatres from 5 countries, which created 9 new youth theatre productions. This publication presents reflections and offers insights into the creation of a new European drama repertory for young audiences through the development of new texts, innovative formats and audience involvement. 

Youth Theatre – A Casebook was written to conclude the Young Europe Festival, initially planned for June 2020 in Graz, Austria, which unfortunately got postponed to next year due to the pandemic.

5 countries, 9 theatres, 3 artistic research teams, 7 new plays, 9 productions

The European Theatre Convention’s artistic collaboration project Young Europe III focused on theatre as a place of identification for young people in Europe. Over two years, nine ETC Member Theatres collaborated in groups of three to develop new theatre texts and productions on the topics of rage, democracy, identity and the future.

From in-depth performative research with teenagers from Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Romania and Slovakia, the artistic teams identified major themes for new plays to expand European multilingual drama for young audiences.

Nine different productions have been created throughout the theatre season 2019-2020 across Europe. These add to the ever-growing European repertoire of contemporary plays for young people, in the frame of the Young Europe initiative since 2008.

Youth Theatre – A Casebook is now available for free on

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Top photo: Alisa Kunina and Pål Fredrik Kvale in Plan(et) B (Karlsruhe/Germany) © Arno Kohlem


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