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Portraying Reality: Perceptions and Realities of Youth in Korean Theatre for Adolescents

Version 1 : Received: 25 August 2017 / Approved: 28 August 2017 / Online: 28 August 2017 (08:44:33 CEST)

How to cite: Park, J. Portraying Reality: Perceptions and Realities of Youth in Korean Theatre for Adolescents. Preprints 2017, 2017080098 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201708.0098.v1). Park, J. Portraying Reality: Perceptions and Realities of Youth in Korean Theatre for Adolescents. Preprints 2017, 2017080098 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201708.0098.v1).

Abstract

In this paper I analyze the three plays produced during the inaugural season (2011) of the Theatre for Young Audiences Research Center of the National Theater Company of Korea and place it within the context of contemporary ideas and realities surrounding Korean youth. In the first part of this paper I explore how Korean youth are perceived by society and the reality in which they live. In the second part I analyze the aforementioned plays, especially through the directions of the production and portrayal of adult and young characters. The last part offers concluding thoughts. Through this study I ask the question of whether if it is possible for theatre to actually portray the realities of adolescents, when in fact the identities of youth are still fluid and the experiences of youth as diverse as those of adults. I suggest that theatre artists break free to depict reality or educate audiences and focus on providing a critical experience to adolescents.

Subject Areas

theatre for adolescents; theatre for young audiences; art for youth

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