Acclaimed children’s playwright David Wood has warned that young theatre audiences are becoming more middle-class because fewer schools are organising trips to shows. The Stage reports.
Wood said he desperately wanted schools to recognise the value of theatre and bring children whose parents would not otherwise take them.
The comments were made at an event celebrating 50 years of Wood’s productions in London theatres at the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre, where Wood’s adaptation of The Tiger Who Came to Tea is running.
He told The Stage:“What we all desperately want is children who are not automatically going to come to the theatre because their parents wouldn’t take them, and the schools are the ones that are going to bring them.”
He added: “The problem is we’re getting into a situation with education where there are less and less schools coming.”
Woods argued that schools were too “obsessed with tests” and did not feel they had time to take pupils to the theatre. He added that it had also become more expensive, with coach prices having risen and teachers feeling reluctant to ask parents for the money.
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