‘’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. 

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