|Project title||THE MISSING CLASSMATE: Participatory theatre and research for the inclusion of Roma|
|Thematic area||Youth and children issues|
|Name of the organization||AnBlokk Association for Cultural and Social Sciences|
|Postal address||1075 Budapest, Anblokk Egyesület 1075, Budapest Rumbach Sebestyén utca 12/B|
|Phone||+ 36 20 2166 167|
|Project manager||Oblath Márton|
|Project timeframe||August 1st, 2013 - May 31st, 2014|
|Amount of support||9,999 €|
THE MISSING CLASSMATE: Participatory theatre and research for the inclusion of Roma
15.2. The project aims at challenging and replacing openly racist discourse among high school students by participatory theater sessions by talented Roma young adults performing their own “school failure” stories. Performances are to problematize school selection as an instant of social inequalities. The whole of the program teaches new active social roles and a related discourse on unjust schooling, and hopes to reframe current Gypsy/non-Gypsy problematizations among high school students.
15.3. The primary target group is 17 to 18 yo students in Eastern Hungary in so called “elite gymnasiums”, where openly racist discourse about the Roma is complained about by their teachers. A secondary target group of the program consists of BA students in teachers colleges. The performing amateur actors are also a target group of the project.
15.4. The participatory theatre play is based on personal narratives. Forum Theatre techniques offer the possibility for non Roma students to think about why they have no Roma classmates. What are the causes, and what are the potential outcomes of this situation? Local dramatic "answers" are discussed, and publicized in the urban public sphere.
15.5. This drama based intervention in designed and delivered in strong collaboration with KÁVA Theatre in Education Company. Involved amateur actors as well as school staff partake in the connecting research process.