We have been hosting team building days and social theatre workshops with the Romanca Society. We love to work with non-profit organisations with a focus on innovation and social change. Participants from 12 countries in Europe and the Middle East met in West Lexham, for ten team building days of theatre workshops and cross-cultural exchange. There were fifty people, eleven countries but one mission – to build a community which gathers multiple views, cultures, traditions, bringing on stage the powerful message of social theatre.
Social Theatre – Building a Chance for all” is a KA1 Erasmus Plus project. It brings together 55 participants, trainers and support staff from 11 EU and neighbouring countries: UK, Turkey, Tunis, Spain, Romania, Portugal, Palestine, Serbia, Jordan, Israel and Italy. The group has been exploring ways in which Social Theatre can become a restructuring mechanism for social relations.
So what is Social Theatre? According to Wikipedia, Theatre for Development encourages participation and improvisation. Audience members take roles in the performance with the audience observing. Many productions are a mix of the two. Another form of Social Theatre is the Theatre of the Oppressed, a technique created by Augusto Boal it’s a form of community-based theatre.
‘’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
The Eramus project is interested in addressing social problems through theatrical performance and training. The purpose of this project is to share theatrical and cultural experiences between fifty different artists, encouraging team work, freedom of expression and the ability to find solutions for social problems through theatre. The project is built from a variety of sessions, workshops, activities and debates on issues like social exclusion and inclusion, marginalisation, poverty and intercultural relations.
The members of the project worked on building trust through group games and fun activities such as ice breakers, energizers, improvisation and concentration exercises. They experienced different types of emotions through sessions as psychodrama. In spite of political, religious and cultural gaps the group got to know each other quickly through intercultural nights where each country brought an insight into their traditions, food, dance, music and lifestyle.
The activity of the Society is based on the principle of self-support groups and the organisational culture is all about learning by sharing. The participants interacted in daily workshops to achieve the objectives of the project.
An important part of the workshops was the ´Reflection Group´ where everyone gets to share their thoughts, their feelings and new skills acquired. We would like to thank the Romanca Society and participants in the project for coming to West Lexham and sharing their innovative, social change adventure with us!
The Romanca Society is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation, which offers support and assistance for the social integration of Romanians and other minorities who live and work in Britain’s multicultural society. The project is partially funded by the European Commission. Find out more about the project at:-
The project described West Lexham as ‘heavenly’ which we love to hear! If you would like to arrange a team building day, workshop or event in heavenly surroundings at West Lexham visit our team building page and get in touch!