ASSITEJ Germany’s new yearbook, edited by Wolfgang Schneider, deals with the idea of home and belonging. Creating Heimat is deeply political, and children and young people are at the heart of the challenges it contains and the changes the process initiates – globally, locally, economically, socially, as well as in their families.
Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) can inspire and create new ideas of creating Heimat apart from segregation, racism and definitions of “them” and “us” or “familiar” and “strange”. It can invite people of all ages to create a future together and it faces the responsibility of discussing and finding shared values on its stages. This is at the centre of the discussions in this yearbook.
International contributions by Uluç Esen (Turkey), Eliot Moleba (South Africa) and Shaun Tan (Australia) are included as well as the premieres of all members of ASSITEJ Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
While the publication is in German, some of the original texts were written in English and an international reflection on the topics addressed is very welcome.
Wolfgang Schneider together with ASSITEJ Germany have also published a new study (in German) on cooperative structures between theatres and schools.