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Duration of the project

2023-03-01 – 2024-02-29

Youth without U

Our project aims to provide young people with skills to help them find their way in new places, to deal with violence, manipulation and abuse and to gain acceptance from their peer group. The preparation and execution of the performance also directly contributes to an increase in young people’s communicative competence , and thus to a higher quality of their verbal and written expression and improved learning outcomes.
When created from scratch, a theatre play, set out to raise awareness on difficult topics, is a great way for young people to get more involved, to have positive behaviours ingrained (such as spending time with peers without the alcohol or drugs), teaching the theatrical group about goals and moral rules, shaping their judgments, views and attitudes as well as improving their understanding of moral behaviours and their outcomes. .

Actions that will be taken in the project:

  • “Getting to know ourselves – acting and integration excercises” – a workshop, consisting of acting assignments, engaging excercises, integration games and teamwork, that will help the participants know thei personalities better, in particular recognise their strengths. These tasks will be performed using the drama method.
  • Workshop ‘What being an actor is all about?’ – a conversation with an actor of the Jaracz Theatre in Olsztyn about the profession, to prepare the participants for potential difficulties they may stumble upon while performing the play, such as stage fright, learning the lines, self-control.
  • “Course towards relations” – sharing the knowledge gained by the young people over the first month – the project group will organise, under the supervision of specialists, integration games and plays for their peers using the newly learned drama method.
  • “Let’s speak correctly” workshop – breathing and articulation exercises. Relaxation and breathing exercises, elocution and vocal pedagogy exercises, that are supposed to help the participants with proper voice articulation and with handling stress (stage fright). The classes will be held once a week. The goal of the meeting with an actor is to showcase the skillset of an actor and exercises performed as part of daily by theatre actors or voice-over and dubbing artists.
  • Workshop “Movement is important – choreography and moving on stage”. Stage movement is a fundamental part of every play. Use of space, facial expressions, movement planning – this is what performance is based on.The workshop will use elements of dance, the basics of pantomime and coordination exercises.
  • Workshop “Emotions – how to deal with emotions during a play?” How to play the emotions? Should one identify with the character being played? This is to be answered by the activities that will be carried out with the group. In addition, a meeting will be organised with a psychologist who will discuss methods of dealing with emotions with the young people.
  • Workshop “Creating a screenplay” – the target group will focus on creating their own screenplay. There will be a meeting with a screenwriter who will give the group guidance on how to write a screenplay. There will also be a meeting with a violence therapist who will talk about physical and psychological violence.
  • The workshop “Creating our world – set design and rehearsals” – the group will continue to work on the performance. Rehearsals will take place every week for 2 hours each. In addition, the group will meet with a stage designer who will introduce the group to the ways and principles of stage design.
  • Workshop “Am I me?” – Rehearsals for the performance and preparation of the technical aspects. The final step before the show is staged. Rehearsals, rehearsals and more rehearsals. On top of this, the group will be involved in creating sets, costumes, positioning the lights, creating visual and sound effects.
  • Premiere of the play and meeting with a violence preventionist The performance will illustrate to the audience the problem of addiction and violence experienced by young people in the virtual world, show the causes and consequences of addiction, especially behavioural in nature, raise awareness of the mechanisms, overcome stereotypes about addiction and violence. The performance is intended to be thought-provoking and to open up a conversation with a specialist who will answer questions from the audience after the performance.

What we do during the project:

  • we develop social and emotional competences
  • we learn to recognise the symptoms of addiction
  • we learn to create a screenplay, a performance, a set design
  • we work on our strengths and weaknesses
  • we develop our passion for acting
  • encourage young people to balance their virtual and real lives

The Association of Community Initiatives “Sztama” is a supporting partner of the project

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The project is financed and implemented with funds from the European Union under the European Solidarity Corps programme