Title Writing Theatre
Project Number 2009-1-IT1-LEO05-00167
Product WRITING THEATRE BOOK "PAROLE IN TRANSITO. TRACCE DI GIOVANI INVISIBILI"
Title WRITING THEATRE BOOK "PAROLE IN TRANSITO. TRACCE DI GIOVANI INVISIBILI"
Product Type others
Marketing Text The scripts collected in the book are the result of a training course whose participants included 157 young people (12-25 y.o.) – and 61 professionals who took part in a series of workshops on the Theory and Techniques of Drama Writing and Performance. The outcome are individual and collective works that sketch out stories, at times dreamlike and at others expressions of the daily life or the social context of the authors, set in faraway places or places frozen in time, inside a school or a family, using a variety of different styles: monologues, poems, songs, short/long theatrical pieces, «visions and portraits». We have chosen drama writing as our field of training since it implies envisioning a space (the stage) that recalls not only the individual but also the collectivity and the group. Writing, reading, reflection, discipline, group work, language, communication, participation and exchange are the «skills» that everyone, young and adults, students and professionals, must know.
The first part of this collection is dedicated to young Italian authors, some of whom are foreigners who are residents in Italy. The scripts are presented both in the original Italian and in English.
The second part presents scripts elaborated during a series of workshops that took place in Greece in the original Greek, Italian and English.
Finally, the last part is dedicated to the writings of young Romanian authors, also presented in the original Romanian, Italian and English.
Dropouts, students at risk of dropping out, high/Secondary school students, immigrants, the unemployed, mentally disabled youth and at-risk youth.
Psychologists, Trainers, Teachers, Counsellors and Social Workers working for NGOs, High/Secondary schools, counselling, rehabilitation and reintegration centers (working also with mentally disabled adults and minors, juvenile delinquents, young drug addicts, women and children); social services for the unemployed, immigrants and refugees; area healthcare centers, groups homes, orientation and training agencies and youth centers.
Result This book represents a result reached through a growth process involving authors and their mentors in a continuous and reciprocal learning process. This process is one that does not originate from an editorial staff, does not only involve professionals and that takes place in a context of transnational co-operation. A process set off by people exchanging and sharing experiences, reflections and perspectives – since the structures are made up of people. People who have chosen and pursue different professions (editors, researchers, actors, trainers, social workers and counsellors) and who, despite geographic, cultural and linguistic differences (three countries – Italy, Greece and Romania – and four languages – Italian, English, Greek and Romanian) have decided to undertake a new challenge together.All actors involved were motivated by the desire to question and reaffirm, which also implied their rethinking and stimulating others to reconsider, the efficacy and validity of methods and tools used to promote cooperation and «contamination» between informal and formal education-training contexts. These methodologies (associated with theoretical and technical fundamentals as well as with specific tools) fit into the broader framework of practices aimed at the rehabilitation or re-integration of individuals at risk of socio-economic and occupational exclusion (both young people and adults) and have their roots in a pedagogical category that is now widely recognized: accepting the responsibility of caring for oneself.
Area of application
The playing field chosen is the Theatre for social inclusion, namely the application, from a pedagogical-training standpoint, of the techniques of writing and acting of the Social Theatre. As a consequence, the didactic context is that of the Workshop as a forum for experimentation and learning-by-doing in a place other than the classroom, organized as a community of practices rooted in the discovery and development of the individual participants’ (young people’s and adults’) ability to reflect, self-reflect and put into action. When we rediscover that the social and economic development of a country is strictly linked to the personal and professional growth of its single individuals, attention is drawn back to the practices that use and encourage the development of «other» abilities (creative and reflective) – activated in order to identify original responses to existing problems – and their application in learning contexts that exploit confrontation and experimentation based upon experience (the workshop), allowing the following to be reaffirmed:
• The centrality of the trainees as unique individuals, whose «care» necessarily requires the availability of training, educational and counselling services capable of developing even the knowledge acquired in informal and non-formal learning contexts.
• The need to integrate and update the roles and competences of training and counselling «mediators», so that as they learn they proactively collaborate in the co-construction of others’ knowledge, as facilitators of processes.
• The need to recalibrate educational and training processes applying a logic that promotes cooperation and integration among roles, skills and the different acting skills belonging to the same system.