The worrying decline in school theatre trips
There is nothing better than seeing a play brought to life in a theatre, however, there has been a steady decline in the numbers of children who have attended the theatre as part of a school trip. There are many reasons for this which we will explore below, however, we also look at the benefits that children can get from going to the theatre which show why school theatre trips are so important.
According to the Society of London Theatre, 2017 saw an increase in the number of people attending the theatre in London, compared with 2016. However, this only accounts for the general population (which in London also includes tourists) and other figures show that there has been a decline in the number of young people going to the theatre, which may include visits via school. There may be many reasons for this but there are equally many reasons why school theatre trips remain important.
Why the decline?
There are a number of reasons for the decline in the numbers of school theatre trips. These include schools not recognising the importance of theatre for all English students as well as to those studying drama, in addition to the difficulties involved in organising such a trip.
One way to help with the organisation of trips is to use a school and theatre online booking system such as https://www.ofec.co.uk/web-and-software-development-services/school-theatre-online-booking-system.aspx.
Benefits of visiting the theatre
There are many benefits to seeing ‘live’ theatre, one of which has to be the fact that seeing something on stage can make the words in a book come to life and make it all seem more real. With more complex plays such as some of Shakespeare’s work, seeing them in the theatre can make them easier to understand and help when pupils are back in the school setting again looking at the book.
One of the key reasons why schools should be visiting the theatre more is to get away from the thought that the theatre is there for those who have money. Visiting the theatre with school is a more affordable option and means that those children who would not normally visit the theatre will be able to do so.
If you work in education, hopefully, this has reinforced why theatre trips from school are so important to the education of young people.