Reblogged from Guerilla Semiotics (http://guerrillasemiotics.com/2010/05/what-does-it-mean-to-go-to-the-theatre):
Play is most clearly defined as the active exploration of individual and social imaginaries, built up in the spaces of everyday life. [And play] does not fit well in the rational, instrumental logic that pervades the abstract conceived spaces of today’s world. … Play, at its most radical and important, is a form of resistance. Giving young people space is more than giving them room to play, it is giving them the opportunity for unchallenged and critical reflection on experiences.
– Stuart Aitken, a geographer of play