FREE Performance 22 April 2015, 7.00 pm-8.00 pm at Westacre Theatre, Norfolk , UK: "Social Theatre – Building a Chance for all''
From 13 April to 23 April an EU youth exchange project is taking place in West Lexham,
Norfolk, UK. The project "Social Theatre – Building a Chance for all" is funded under KA1 Erasmus Plus, European Union programme and coordinated by Romanca Society UK,www.romanca.co.uk, https://erasmusprojecthome.wordpress.com/.
This mobility is bringing together 55 participants from 11 EU and neighbouring countries: UK, Turkey, Spain, Romania, Portugal, Palestine, Serbia, Jordan, Israel, Tunis, Peru and Italy.
The participants will be exploring together ways in which Social Theatre can become a restructuring and healing mechanism for social relations. Here is a little sample of our activities:
Social Theatre also known as Theatre of the Oppressed, a term coined by Augusto Boal, is a series of theatrical analyses and critiques developed in the 1950s. Boal is an avid supporter of utilizing interactive techniques, especially in the context of theatre. Many of his ideas are considered "a new media perspective" and have since then developed further and have been adapted to a modern-day context. The creation of the Theatre of the Oppressed is largely based on the idea of dialogue and interaction between audience and performer. Moreover, these ideas have served as a framework for the development and evolution of solutions for social issues.
We have carefully chosen the location, to combine a pearl of rural England for inspiration, proximity to London for communication, for creation and exquisite scenery for relaxation. West Lexham is a unique venue for rural retreats or countryside holidays, a work of passion and is crafted out of the heritage buildings that are the legacy of over 1000 years of farming and stewardship of nature. Set in a protected valley with the UK's cleanest chalk stream it is verdant and bursting with nature, floating water meadows, ancient trees, lakes and formal gardens to explore. http://www.westlexham.org/
The participants are interacting in daily workshops to achieve the objectives of the project :
· To promote tolerance among youth and break existing stereotypes by sharing their opinions and culture with participants from different countries.
· To promote inclusion as an essential value for young people with fewer opportunities and youth with social integration issues
· To stimulate participants to reflect on essential characteristics of the European society and foster mutual understanding between young people in different countries
· To increase participants' knowledge of theatre as a tool for social and cultural inclusion
· To contribute to the development of creative capabilities and skills in youth work using creative learning methods (theatre techniques)
You are warmly invited to enjoy the results of this project in a performance at West Acre Theatre, Norfolk on 22 April from 7pm. The local community and theatre lovers are invited to attend the free show and interact with the young actors from 11 countries.
We encourage local schools and voluntary sector organisation to attend the event and meet the project team. The event will be followed by drinks and snacks.
The project is kindly supported by local partners: Joy of Sound, West Lexham Resort and Westacre Theatre.
Dr. Ionela Flood
Chair Romanca Society
This project is co-funded by the European Union