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Dramatic pause…

Increasingly written out of school curricula, arguably no other arts subject has suffered more from a national refocusing on ‘core’ academic subjects. But a fightback is underway to save drama from falling off the stage completely. Mia Hunt hears from figures eager to give voice to their sector’s call for a revival, starting with National Youth Theatre leader Paul Roseby

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Let’s start by clearing up some confusion: Paul Roseby, chief executive and artistic director at the National Youth Theatre (NYT), does not want schools to stop teaching drama. He was widely reported to have said this during a speech at a London arts conference in 2014, but he insists he was misquoted.

“I don’t propose the teaching of drama in schools be scrapped,” he says. “Quite the opposite. While I think it’s true to say a drama GCSE isn’t recognised outside the education system, I do think drama deserves a higher status in schools – there should be greater awareness of the benefits.”

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