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Posted on: August 1, 2016

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Lyn Gardner joins the panel of Young Audiences: Who Cares?

Young Audiences: Who Cares?
Wednesday, August 17 at 2:15 PM – 3 PM
Pleasance Courtyard
60 Pleasance, EH8 9T Edinburgh, United Kingdom

This event is now sold out – but please do come along on the day and see if there is any cancellations on the door.  

This August, Intrepid Ensemble are hosting a lively panel debate at Edinburgh Festival Fringe called Young Audiences: Who Cares? 
It’s a chance for theatre-makers, funders and producers to share, debate and discuss the challenges of developing TYA – and how they might be overcome. 

We are thrilled to announce today that Lyn Gardner will be joining the panel. Lyn is a theatre critic for the Guardian, who has argued in her blog that children’s theatre has a special place in our society.


“Theatre, particularly theatre for children, fires the imagination, it gives our children the skills and the creativity necessary to face the world, to understand it and perhaps to change it too.”



We are equally delighted to be joined by:

Matthew Woodford –
Matthew is Artistic Director of Intrepid Ensemble and will host the debate. Intrepid Ensemble combines participatory arts practice with public performance of the highest quality. He has also worked with children and young people for organisations such as Old Vic, Rose Bruford College and International Youth Arts Festival.



Elvi Piper –
Elvi is Creative Education Officer at the West Yorkshire playhouse. Elvi programs TYA for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, and creates shows with her company WrongƧemble. 



Tashi Gore –
Tashi is Co Artistic Director Glas(s) Performance and Junction 25,  a company of young people making Contemporary Theatre and Performance works at Tramway. She will be joined by a young person from Junction 25. 

Matthew Dwyer – 

Matthew programs the entire Edinburgh Fringe lineup for Pleasance Theatre. He works closely with a hundreds of companies each year to select the line-up, then shares in their highs and lows each August.

Camille Bensoussan –

Camille joined Upswing as Producing Manager in 2012 and was appointed Executive Director in Spring 2014. Upswing develop their work through a process of participatory research periods, experimentation and playful encounters with our audiences and creative accomplices – which includes children and young people. They have recently developed Bedtime Stories, a show for young audiences.



Join the conversation: Send us your views ahead of the debate:.Tweet @CuriousIntrepid #YAWhoCares, post a question on Facebook or email us at