Good practices

Drama for Change

Drama for Change brought together a cross-sector of European organisations that work with marginalised groups in adult education. The aim was to develop a training Curriculum and Toolbox of Resources available on-line and in digital format, to provide adult educators, teachers and artists with the skills necessary to work with adults through a creative medium, using drama and theatre to promote anti-racism, gender equality and diversity. Drama for Change addressed a gap in training for adult educators using creative processes to address issues of rising inequality and racism and the lack of inclusion for marginalised groups. Drama for Change was a three-year partnership project run with five European partners from Ireland, Germany, Bulgaria, Spain and the Netherlands. Outputs included:

Five day Training programme conducted in Ireland, April 2016

12 multiplier events conducted across Europe

471,696 people directly reached through 146 dissemination activities and events

15 examples of best practice (3 per partner country) identified

127 questionnaires completed by adult learners and adult educators

Still I Rise – Theatre for Change European Symposium and Performance at Smock Alley Theatre, Main Space, Dublin on 28 April 2017 with Irish and international artists and guest speakers to explore the role of the creative arts to promote anti-racism, gender equality and diversity in adult education and featured guest speakers, workshops, performances, a launch of the Drama for Change Curriculum and Toolbox of Resources, and reflection, discussion and debate.

Year(s): 2015-Present

Target group(s): Teachers, educators, facilitators, artistsmarginalised groups in adult education

Website or other online channels: www.smashingtimes.ie

Methodology

Drama for Change Curriculum created consisting of a five-day ‘train-the-trainer’s’ training curriculum that provides adult educators including teachers and artists with the skills necessary to work with adults through the creative medium of theatre in order to promote anti-racism, gender equality and diversity. The curriculum is contained in a 70-page interactive PDF available on each partner website and on EPALE and titled ‘Drama for Change Training Programme: Using theatre to promote Anti-Racism, Gender Equality and Inclusion’

A Toolbox of Resources accompanies the training consisting of five on-line Drama for Change Research documents, one from each partner country, and Drama for Change Video Demonstrations for training adult educators on how to use drama and theatre to promote equality, inclusion and anti-racism work in each partner country.

Type of product

Paper-based material Online resource Course / Training

Brief description of the outcomes

The project culminated in a Still I Rise Theatre for Change European Symposium and performance at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin on 28 April 2017, conducted by Smashing Times in partnership with the Samuel Beckett Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies at TCD. This event brought together Irish and international artists and guest speakers to explore the role of the creative arts to promote anti-racism, gender equality and diversity in adult education and was open to artists, educators and the general public. The international guest speaker is Dijana Milošević, an award winning theatre director, writer and lecturer and Artistic Director of DAH Theatre, Serbia and the Irish guest speakers are John Scott, Artistic Director, Irish Modern Dance Theatre; Mary Moynihan, theatre and film maker and Artistic Director, Smashing Times; Mary Duffin, theatre-maker, TOTO practitioner and screenwriter; and Shane O’ Curry, Director, ENAR Ireland. 

 

The symposium featured a performance of Still I Rise made up of Mary Elmes (from The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII by Mary Moynihan, Fiona Thompson and Paul Kennedy, based on the life of Cork woman Mary Elmes who worked with Spanish and Jewish refugees and was the first Irish person honoured as ‘Righteous Among Nations’ for her work saving lives from the Nazi gas chambers during WWII), performed by Róisín McAtamney; a dance performance of Sebastiao’s Dream from Fall and Recover by Irish Modern Dance Theatre, directed by John Scott and performed by Sebastiao Kamalandua and a recital of the powerful and defiant Still I Rise by Maya Angelou, the American poet and Civil Rights activist, directed by Róisin McAtamney and performed by Mary Duffin.

The symposium culminated in the launch of the collaboratively designed Drama for Change Curriculum and Toolbox of Resources with research and video demonstrations on how to conduct theatre games and exercises. The new curriculum is available on-line -see link below – in digital format, to provide adult educators with the skills necessary to work with adult learners through a creative medium in order to promote anti-racism, gender equality and diversity

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

Five day Training programme conducted in Ireland, April 2016. This ‘Train the Trainer’ Drama for Change Curriculum was taught to teachers, educators, artists, and facilitators who work with vulnerable or disadvantaged groups such as migrants, refugees and the Traveller community.

Promoter of the initiative: Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality

Country: Ireland

Languages available: Bulgarian English Spanish German

Website or other online channels: www.smashingtimes.ie

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