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Adventure Territory: an action evaluation of an outback Australian performance project

Ennis, Gretchen, Clark, Heather and Corfield, Fraser (2014). Adventure Territory: an action evaluation of an outback Australian performance project. Youth Theatre Journal,28(2):115-129.

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Title Adventure Territory: an action evaluation of an outback Australian performance project
Author Ennis, Gretchen
Clark, Heather
Corfield, Fraser
Journal Name Youth Theatre Journal
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 28
Issue Number 2
ISSN 0892-9092   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84908287680
Start Page 115
End Page 129
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication United States
Publisher Routledge
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract The space between project goals and project outcomes is a rich location for reflection and learning. This article explores that space in relation to Adventure Territory, a youth theatre performance project that involved residencies at two secondary schools in the remote Northern Territory town of Katherine. The 12-month project was facilitated by Australian Theatre for Young People, a Sydney-based youth theatre company located some 3,600 kilometers away from Katherine. This article describes the action evaluation of that project and provides an analysis of what was learned when delivering this “fly-in, fly-out” (FIFO) project. The evaluation demonstrates that although there were positive outcomes for some young people, the project did not go according to plan and many goals were not achieved or became irrelevant. The reasons for these varied outcomes are explored, and we propose that future FIFO projects would benefit from adopting a community cultural development approach to youth theatre work. Such an approach demands that we take time to understand the context, build relationships and participation, and develop goals with, not for, the communities with which we work.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08929092.2014.932876   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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