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Der Standard - Austria | 18/03/2008

Simon Stephens on today's youth

British playwright Simon Stephens talks in an interview with Margarete Affenzeller about the precarious position of today's youth, which more than any generation before it has fallen prey to capitalism: "People stop at nothing to get youngsters to buy things. Moreover, for the first time, at least in the UK, it's becoming apparent that older people are afraid of the young. There's a sense of nervousness about today's youth culture and juvenile delinquency, which naturally is exaggerated and mythologized. I continue to work a lot with young people, and they surprise me again and again with their compassion and intelligence. Unfortunately, theatre art doesn't really reach out to young audiences. The average theatre-goer in England is 55 years old. Imagine that!"

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