Play the Change was an international exchange that brought together young theatre practitioners from different European youth theatres, drama schools and academies in order to exchange practice and skills while learning new performance techniques from an international group of theatre facilitators. The exchange took place from 30th June to 10th July 2017 in Organyà (a small village in Catalan Pyrenees).
The project involved 4 organisations from: Spain, (Pirineus Creatius), Bulgaria (AIMI The Studios), Ireland (Crooked House Theatre Company) and Poland (Fundacja Inkubator Innowacji). Each of them helped to devlop the artistic growth of 28 young people who are active participants in these organisations.
The project consisted of skills workshops (Empty Dialogues, From Personal to Public, Theatre of Oppressed and Puppet Theatre), workshops on empathy and multiculturalism, outdoor activities, festive local activities and rehearsals to create and perform a show in the end of the project for the local community on the topic of empathy and multiculturalism.
The working method was based on non-formal education, using games, open spaces, team-building activities, and theatre in order to create a positive environment to exchange practice and to meet new people. All workshops were open to local young people in order to improve social inclusion by learning artistic disciplines. By
doing this, the project introduced theatre as a tool in education to learn and experience concepts about mediation, acceptance, empathy and conflict resolution.
The Irish participants were led by theatre-makers, Peter Hussey and Caolán Dundon. The participants were Abdelaziz Ibrahim, Doug Morrison, Eoghan Ó Laoghaire, Niamh Walsh and Ella Darling. Alec Delaney filmed the project and edited this film.
Play the Change was supported by funds from Erasmus+, the EU Commission programme for youth and life-long learning.
The project was organised and hosted by Pirineus Creatius, a non-governmental, non-profit organization from the heart of Catalan Pyrenees, whose main aim is social inclusion of young people of rural Pyrenees through artistic and creative activities. The co-ordinator was Joel Pla Garriga.