children’s jury and youth jury
For the 36th edition of WESTWIND festival, we sought recruits in all of Wesfälisches Landestheater’s partner schools and ended up with a motley crew of participants. Some of them have already acquired first theatrical experience of their own, whether as participants in the WLT children’s club or through school theatre projects; others only know theatre as audience members. Regardless of their background, they are all united in their desire to express their views on theatre, gain new theatrical experience and have the opportunity to be an expert in children’s theatre for a week. During that time, they will learn how to talk about their impressions, voice their opinions and ultimately reach a decision about who deserves the children’s jury award.
The participants of the youth jury maintain close ties with our theatre and have already acquired a considerable amount of theatrical experience. At WESTWIND festival, they now have the opportunity to take a closer look at the diverse world of theatre in North Rhine-Westphalia. In the youth jury, they are tasked with communicating what speaks to them and what does not, where the topics they care about are reflected and where the point is somehow missed, and whether they feel that their lives or their reality is resonating onstage.
Their opinion is what counts. The focus of their attention this week will be on the portrayal of prejudice and ways to deconstruct it.