I put all my effort in the activities of the project, and I “won”, we all won! 

I put all my effort in the activities of the project, and I “won”, we all won! 

Hello,
My name is Cesare, I’m 19 and I come from Italy.
2 months ago, in April, I took part in an Erasmus+ Project named “Social Theatre – Building a chance for all”.
It was set in the UK, in West Lexham: we were 50 young people coming from 10 different countries,
and I was the Group Leader of the Italian Group (we were 5 people from Italy, all the same age).

So I decided to write down something for real: so, these are my impressions, my thoughts and everything else that
comes out of my mind, when I think back at this experience in England.
(I also attach a couple of pictures that I like.)

“In the “Social Theatre – Building a chance for all” – project, I was part of a big group: we were 50 people, each of us coming from different places around Europe (and over!), with different lifestyles, experiences and skills.

We gathered together, everyone bringing his/her own knowledge and past experiences, realising and taking part in many different workshops with one central theme: Social Theatre; the activities were many and also very different: I explored kinds of theatre I didn’t know, such as Psychodrama, but we also spoke and discussed about social- themes like poverty, marginalisation and social exclusion.


Based on this activities, we prepared a final Show and we acted in a real Theatre, on a real stage with a real audience, and in this way, we were able to make concrete all those activities we had worked on and we were able also to leave a powerful message: stop social exclusions, stop wars and all kind of violence, and build a world of equality, in which dialogue is the first way to solve conflicts.

One of the aspects I can say I’ve improved the most is, for sure, the one that regards the competence of “Learning to Learn”: before I went to West Lexham, I had absolutely no experience in Social Theatre, and in Theatre in general.
But in 10 days, I was able to learn an incredible number of things connected to this world, and I also acted in a real play; and I’m extremely proud of this.


I put all my effort in the activities of the project, and I “won”, we all won!
The results were really outstanding.

Being in a small village, very far from home, with 50 young boys and girls you don’t know is something that leads you to socialize, to make new friendships and to overcome prejudices and stereotypes you had before.
This project was a great opportunity to grow as a person, to see things from another perspective and to change the way to see other cultures.

Living together with people that come from 10 different countries and knowing their cultures, tradition and lifestyles was something that really changed me.
Thanks to the “Multicultural Nights” and to the discussions we’ve had, I had the possibility to create an opinion about facts I didn’t properly know before, and I understood that with the DIALOGUE between countries we can build bridges that can arrive everywhere.

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This project was extremely powerful, for many reasons: the people involved, the themes we talked about, the activities we prepared and took part in.
Also, I can say that for my person, for my personality, this project has been really inspiring.”

Cesare from Italy

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Social Theatre on Fire!!!

Social Theatre on Fire!!!

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Fifty people, eleven countries, one mission – to build a community which gathers multiple views, cultures, traditions, bringing on stage the powerful message of social theatre.

FIVE Ws and ONE H

Based in West Lexham, in a welcoming environment, the project twined young minds from the 13th to the 23rd of April, 2015. To be part of this youth exchange, the participants arrived here from all over the world: UK, Turkey, Spain, Romania, Portugal, Palestine, Serbia, Jordan, Israel, Tunis, Peru and Italy.

The purpose of this project is to share theatrical and cultural experiences between fifty different artists, encouraging team work, freedom of expression and the ability to find solutions for social problems through theatre.

The participants got to know each other surprisingly fast, in spite of political, religious and cultural gaps. That was achievable due to intercultural nights when each country brings an insight into their traditions, food, dance, music and lifestyle.

The project is built from a variety of sessions, workshops, activities and debates on issues like social exclusion and inclusion, marginalisation, poverty and intercultural relations.

So far, the members of the project worked prolifically on building trust through unifying activities such as energizers, improvisation and concentration exercises.  They experienced different types of emotions through sessions as psychodrama.

An important part of the workshops is the ´Reflection Group´ where everyone gets to share their thoughts, their feelings and new skills acquired.

The next step to enforce the connections already built is organising a Treasure Hunt in the heavenly surroundings of West Lexham.

FINAL MISSION

To approach concepts like self and collective awareness they create constructive sketches, improvisations and short theatre scenes, preparing themselves for the final show, represented in the Westacre Theatre under the name of ´Heroes´.

This play puts the attention on human warfare conflicts and shows haw unnecessary and absurd they are. It presents a bunch of people with different personalities, cultures and ways of being, who work together to build a world based on harmony, trust and peace.

You are all invited to contemplate and enjoy their performance on the 23rd of April in the Westacre Theatre at 19:00.

´What you get from achieving your goals is not as important as what you become on the way to accomplish them.´

LAST CHANCE TO APPLY

LAST CHANCE TO APPLY

ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY : SOCIAL THEATRE – Building a Chance for All

10-days subsidised program in England: Tailored Theatre Workshops, inter-cultural learning Activities, a dream-like setting in West Lexham and participants from 11 countries 😉

Don´t miss your chance! Apply now (DL 15/03/2015) at https://docs.google.com/…/1JVFcIFePEe4Oq5i8aWda7DO…/viewform
Find out more: https://erasmusprojecthome.wordpress.com/

For further details contact erasmus.project.home@gmail.com

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About West Lexham

About West Lexham

We have carefully chosen the location, to bring you to 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, 2 hours from London, 75 minutes from Cambridge and 45 minutes from Norwich. It is a work of passion and is crafted out of the heritage building 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. We have floating water meadows, ancient trees, lakes and formal gardens for you to explore.

But one photo is more than 1000 words, right? Have a look! ! http://www.westlexham.org/

West Lexham is about living with a deeper connection to nature, to ourselves and to each other. We look at our environment as ourselves. We are nearly 100% run on renewable energy. Our electricity comes from PV panels, our buildings and water are heated by a biomass boiler powered by locally sourced woodchip. Wherever possible we support the local economy by buying our food and materials locally. We see ourselves as the lucky stewards of this exceptional area of nature and rich heritage. The River Nar flows through our valley, and is the cleanest of the 160 chalk streams in the world. It is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest with its underwater realm of life and floating water meadows. We use the profits from the business to not only preserve this habitat but to enhance it and the historical buildings around it, to be enjoyed in perpetuity…

‘’Theatre is a form of knowledge: it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it…’’ – Augusto Boal

‘’Theatre is a form of knowledge: it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it…’’ – Augusto Boal

Social Theatre – Building a Chance for All

13th-23rd April 2015, UK

‘’Theatre is a form of knowledge: it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it…’’ – Augusto Boal

Dear Participants,

We are happy to welcome you to the UK for the youth mobility “Social Theatre-Building a Chance for All”. Please read and follow the information below!

For any queries during your travel or stay in the UK please contact us:

Sarah Jaber – Media Content and The Blog: sarahjabere@gmail.com

Alin Georgescu – Transport connections: alinandrei.1504@yahoo.com

Ariadna Petri – Project manager: +44 203 769 1131

Ionela Flood – Chair of Romanca Society: ionelaflood@googlemail.com

What is this project about?

“Social Theatre – Building a Chance for all” is KA1 Erasmus Plus project to be held in West Lexham, Norfolk, UK from the 13th-23rd of April 2015. Click here for more information.

This mobility will bring together 55 participants + 3 trainers and 4 support staff from 11 EU and neighbouring countries: UK, Turkey, Tunis, Spain, Romania, Portugal, Palestine, Serbia, Jordan, Israel and Italy.

They will be exploring together ways in which Social Theatre can become a sanitation and restructuring mechanism for social relations. Sounds exciting? Apply here before 15/03/2015

The info sheet contains already the basic information in relation to your exciting stay in the UK! We are ready to receive you … quite a challenge which we are all looking forward to. And Welcome already!!!

 

What is Social Theatre or Theatre of the Oppressed?

Social theatre or the 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”, despite the relatively early birth of these ideas. Since then, they have developed, gaining meaning in 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.

In truth, the Theatre of the Oppressed has no end, because everything which happens in it must extend into life….The Theatre of the Oppressed is located precisely on the frontier between fiction and reality – and this border must be crossed. If the show starts in fiction, its objective is to become integrated into reality, into life.

 

Useful Links

 

Activities

Day 1: Arrival of participants & Welcome Part

Day 2: Expectations, fears and contributions

  • Formal presentation of the Project, the staff and the venue
  • Getting to know each other, ice-breaking game, name games
  • Team Building Activities
  • Reflection Group + Intercultural Evening

Day 3: Factors for exclusion

  • What are the effects of social exclusion – where can they be seen
  • Poverty and marginalisation vs. social exclusion
  • Prejudice, Stereotyping vs. social exclusion
  • Reflection group
  • Intercultural evening

Day 4: Founding principles of European Union- Human Rights

  • My favourite social inclusion plays
  • Theatre workshop: Ideas for combatting social exclusion – in script
  • Reflection group
  • Intercultural evening

Day 5: Script discussion- how it can be staged;

  • Presentation and practice of techniques
  • Presentation of preparatory materials – Combination of preparatory materials and skills and new script ideas
  • International Short movie night

Day 6: Norfolk as Inspiration

  • Treasure Hunt
  • Free afternoon to Explore Castel Acre

Day 7: Preparation for staging the show

  • Rehearsals
  • Reflection group
  • Game no limit

Day 8: Preparation for the show

  • Rehearsals
  • Wrap-up and Rest
  • THE SHOW+ Cocktail Party

Day 9: Erasmus Plus collaboration – Designing new projects together
● Creating a Blog

  • How we Young People See Solutions for Social Exclusion
  • Ideas for future cooperation

Day 10: Departure

  • Final evaluation
  • Departure of participants

Don’t Forget

  • Passport (with visa if necessary)
  • Photo Camera and Laptop (optional)
  • Promotional material to present your institution / organization, projects and activity
  • Material about yourself / your work
  • A positive attitude
  • Loose/sports clothes and shoes or whatever makes you feel comfortable
  • Warm clothes

Useful Info

Language: English – COMPULSORY

Electricity: 220 V, 50 Hz; 3 pin plugs used

Money: The local currency is the British Pound.

You can exchange foreign currency in exchange offices and banks. It might be difficult to exchange coins, so bring paper bills. There is no significant difference in the exchange rates, except at the airport, hotels and sometimes restaurants.

All banks have ATMs. Most cards can be used to pay, but always ask in advance if you plan to pay something with them. Also it is advisable and preferable to have cash.

Location: West Lexham

We have carefully chosen the location, to bring you to 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, 2 hours from London, 75 minutes from Cambridge and 45 minutes from Norwich. It is a work of passion and is crafted out of the heritage building 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. We have floating water meadows, ancient trees, lakes and formal gardens for you to explore.

But one photo is more than 1000 words, right? Have a look! http://www.westlexham.org/

Travel Information and Costs

Recommendations:

– organise  with your group leader to travel together – easier and cheaper

– keep in mind that you have to pay for your own fights/bus/railway tickets, and that the money will be reimbursed after the project

– find the maximum amounts to be reimbursed for each country according to the table below.

– use general transportation websites to find the most convenient combination of public transport (flights, busses, trains, coaches, taxi, walking): Google Maps  ,  Transport for London  ,  My Ticket  ,  National Express  ,  Virgin Trains  ,  First Trains

– Here are some options:

  1. Check National Express. You will find a coach (bus) per day from each London airports to Swaffham (which is 6.1 miles from West Lexham, our accommodation). We recommend you to choose this option, it’s the cheapest and the most simple for all.
  2. From the airport you have to find a coach to reach LONDON KING’S CROSS. From LONDON KING’S CROSS you have to reach KING’S LYNN. Check My Ticket or Virgin Trains in order to find your way to KING’S LYNN (103 miles from London).
  3. From KING’S LYNN your next destination is SWAFFHAM. Find bus timetable here.
  4. From KING’S LYNN and SWAFFHAM you coordinate times with us, we may be able to arrange pick-up for 0.25€/km
  5. Or you can use Local Taxi Companies:

PJ Cars – 01366 385904 – £30.00 from Downham Market Train Station – 4 seater

Platinum Cars – 01760 725366 – from Swaffham approx. £12.00 for up to 4 seater or £18.00 for 8 seater

AL’s Cars – 01760 720002 – from Swaffham approx. £12.00

  1. If you don´t know where you´re going and people you ask haven´t heard of West Lexham, as about Castle Acre – 3 miles away

Travel costs

We will reimburse the travel costs as listed below, on the basis of the cheapest possibilities, e.g. second class railway tickets, bus, APEX-flights etc. by bank transfer after the Project and the receipt of all ORIGINAL tickets, bills, invoices, receipts, boarding tags/cards etc.

If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact us at the e-mails and numbers on the first page – we will be happy to help!

Please take note of the following list where you have the maximum amounts to be reimbursed for each country:

SEE YOU SOON IN THE UK!!!! 

Host Organization:  romanca.co.uk

This project is co-founded by the British Council and the European Commission. 

Application Form

Application Form

SOCIAL THEATRE-BUILDING A CHANCE FOR ALL (13TH – 23RD APRIL 2015, UK).AS THERE ARE LIMITED PLACES FOR THIS PROJECT, MAKE SURE YOU FILL OUT (IN ENGLISH) AND SEND BACK THIS QUESTIONNAIRE BEFORE 1 OF March 2015 TO ERASMUS.PROJECT.HOME@GMAIL.COM.
Are you excited and want to get involved?
Apply here !

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JVFcIFePEe4Oq5i8aWda7DOWGYjOH52yAn9Oi3xhPzE/viewform

Application form ”Social theatre- Building a chance for all”

WHAT IS SOCIAL EXCLUSION?

WHAT IS SOCIAL EXCLUSION?

WHAT IS SOCIAL EXCLUSION?

Social exclusion is a major problem of our time, which has replaced the “old notions” of poverty and marginalization. Social exclusion is often a cause of poverty, conflict and insecurity. In order to tackle it effectively, we need to understand where the problem lays and find ways of working with partners, governments, the international community and civil society organizations to overcome it.

This project will deal with the phenomenon of exclusion as the participants perceive and experience it, originated in the insecurity of living standards, preconceived ideas, political and social isolation, feelings of estrangement and unhealthy lifestyles and the surge of unemployment rates among young people. With this exchange we aim to improve the skills and the background of youth, who will be better able to identify opportunities, develop them, and when needed to prevent and to remedy social exclusion.

THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE

  • Theatre Workshops: participants will bring ideas for combatting social exclusion through presentations, group work, role play and group discussions
  • Intercultural Evening: presentation of the countries represented in the project over three nights: national food, music, dance, customs and video presentations
  • Simulation games, role plays and group discussions about poverty and marginalization/prejudice and stereotyping vs. social exclusion
  • London as Inspiration (Guided tour… Emphasis will be placed on markers of activities and places aimed at combatting social exclusion. Observing and getting inspiration from the infrastructure of ensuring equal rights for all)
  • Creating of blog and YouTube channel – posting the recording of the show. Participants will learn about editing, internet promotion
  • Movie Night, Script Writing, Cocktail Party

OBJECTIVES

  • 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)