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Dave Brown (Masterclass)

Biographical Statement

Director/Theatre-Maker/Writer Dave has been the Artistic Director of Patch Theatre Company for 18 years and is responsible for the company's artistic evolution into a national and international touring repertory company, specialising in theatre for 4-8 year olds. Dave has specialised in theatre for young audiences for over 25 years. He has directed over 80 productions for and by young people and written 22 produced works for young audiences. He is fascinated by creative processes and believes there's a great affinity between children and artists.

Masterclass 1 We All Teach and We All Learn.

Pablo Picasso said, "Every child is an artist; the challenge is to keep them so."

Whimsy is at the hub of our creative processes when we at Patch Theatre create a new theatre work for children. We have a core idea, which we explore in a whole range of ways in an open-ended exploration of possibility. Does this sound familiar? Yes, it's not unlike the way good kindergartens function. In fact as a theatre director, many of the notions expressed in the early learning curriculum framework are part of our creative process. The idea is that "we all teach and we all learn because we all know something and together we seek to know more."

In a culture that respects rational thought and mistrusts whimsy, the battle we wage is to have whimsy and all its associated child-like qualities, understood and revered for the crucially important way they function in the creative lives of all humans.

"Play belongs to the child and as such it appears to be inconsistent with the principle of serious work. But without play no creative work has ever come to be." Carl Jung

As a theatre director, many of the notions expressed in the early learning curriculum framework are part of our creative process. The idea is that "we all teach and we all learn because we all know something and together we seek to know more."

In a culture that respects rational thought and mistrusts whimsy, the battle we wage is to have whimsy and all its associated child-like qualities, understood and revered for the crucially important way they function in the creative lives of all humans.
"Play belongs to the child and as such it appears to be inconsistent with the principle of serious work. But without play no creative work has ever come to be." Carl Jung

Pablo Picasso said, "Every child is an artist; the challenge is to keep them so."

Whimsy is at the hub of our creative processes when we at Patch Theatre create a new theatre work for children. We have a core idea, which we explore in a whole range of ways in an open-ended exploration of possibility. Does this sound familiar? Yes, it's not unlike the way good kindergartens function. In fact as a theatre director, many of the notions expressed in the early learning curriculum framework are part of our creative process. The idea is that "we all teach and we all learn because we all know something and together we seek to know more."

In a culture that respects rational thought and mistrusts whimsy, the battle we wage is to have whimsy and all its associated child-like qualities, understood and revered for the crucially important way they function in the creative lives of all humans.

"Play belongs to the child and as such it appears to be inconsistent with the principle of serious work. But without play no creative work has ever come to be." Carl Jung

As a theatre director, many of the notions expressed in the early learning curriculum framework are part of our creative process. The idea is that "we all teach and we all learn because we all know something and together we seek to know more."

In a culture that respects rational thought and mistrusts whimsy, the battle we wage is to have whimsy and all its associated child-like qualities, understood and revered for the crucially important way they function in the creative lives of all humans.
"Play belongs to the child and as such it appears to be inconsistent with the principle of serious work. But without play no creative work has ever come to be." Carl Jung