1. Theatre ‘for young people’ is sometimes depicted as if it were itself a ‘junior’ art form. 2. The political and emotional centre of social change revolves around children and young people. 3. Cinema and television seek unanimity and passivity from this sector. 4. Theatre has a counter-cultural identity when it is prepared to leave its familiar audiences and buildings behind. 5. Theatre to young ‘non-theatre’ audiences in ‘non-theatre’ spaces can stimulate avant-garde work of originality and beauty.
It was named Company of Angels not only because it would have to multiply on a wing and a prayer, but because I thought that Angels could turn up anywhere at any time – a school dining hall at 10 am, for example. Its stated mission is to broaden the definition of theatre for young people through experimental projects and new productions of a high artistic standard.