ACTORS FOR CHANGE
- The youth exchange has currently been postponed and will be open to new applications.
This project aims to bring together and empower young people from the UK and Turkey in Bodrum, Turkey, by engaging them in discussions around social issues, violence in particular; helping them gain skills, knowledge and attitudes to express themselves; and introducing them to forum theatre as a participatory art form and as a method of addressing social issues. Violence in various spheres of life, but especially violence within the education system i.e. towards teachers and other students, will be the main but not exclusive topic of the project.
We expect that young people and their leaders will apply their learning in their work with the community, particularly disadvantaged young people, as forum theatre is also known as the ‘theatre of the oppressed’. Moreover, some tutors who already have theatre experience will learn about forum theatre practices for the first time and hopefully utilise them in their work.
Forum Theatre (also known as ‘popular theatre’ or ‘participatory theatre’) is a type of theatre created by the innovative and influential practitioner Augusto Boal, one of the techniques under the umbrella term of Theatre of the Oppressed (TO). This relates to the engagement of spectators influencing and engaging with the performance as both spectators and actors, termed ‘spect-actors’, with the power to stop and change the performance. As part of TO, the issues dealt with in Forum Theatre are often related to areas of social justice with aims to explore solutions to oppression featured in the performance. Created and developed by Augusto Boal through his theatrical practice in Brazil and then during his exile in Europe and particularly in France, the forum theatre method is based on two convictions:
– Theatre can and must be a tool for changing the world
– Human beings possess theatrical language
The Advanced Planning Visit took place in Milas in January 2020.
YOUTH SCREEN AND SOUTH
Youth Screen and Sound allows young people, mainly but not only, from Turkish/Kurdish communities who are at risk of social exclusion or criminal activity to become meaningfully involved in music and film activities leading to participation in a festival of film and music in their local area.
They will gain skills in music making and film literacy alongside valuable experience of festival production, through participation in high profile public events. They will become part of a network that offers long term opportunities both professionally and socially.
Their role as active citizens will allow skills sharing with younger teens as the project progresses.
Music workshops started in autumn 2020 and will resume after the lockdown. Organising Community Cinema workshops will be online and start from Friday the 1st of May, 3pm.
Click here for Application Form !