Contributors from across the UK and Europe will be joining us to offer four different long workshops in the afternoons of the two main festival days, Tuesday and Wednesday. Each afternoon will offer two parallel workshops, one conversation and one practical. Festival attendees may choose a long workshop or go and see a matinee show / presentation (see performances)


In addition to the three REACT project partners, contributors to these workshops will include:-

Good Chance builds temporary theatres of hope promoting freedom of expression, creativity and dignity for everyone.  Founded by two British playwrights, Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, Good Chance established its first temporary theatre space, an 11m geodesic dome, in the heart of the refugee and migrant camp in Calais in September 2015. Recently (2017) commissioned by the National Theatre to produce The Jungle with Young Vic, London.

Catrin Evans is a theatre director, writer and maker. She is the Artistic Director of Moment’s Peace, and for the last ten years she has been making work with Scotland’s leading theatre companies. Catrin is currently undertaking an AHRC-funded PHD at the University of Glasgow: “The Arts of Integration: Scottish policies of refugee integration and the role of the creative and performing arts.”

Giselle Vighter is a Dutch theatre-director and dramatherapist, working with refugees and homeless people in Rotterdam. She applies elements of Boals’ Theatre of the Oppressed and Dramatherapy to deliver workshops, performances and installations on issues of identity, conflict and humanity.

PAN Intercultural Arts is a dynamic London-based arts company making theatre with young asylum seekers and refugees, to promote a deeper understanding of our changing cultural identities.

Rewrite is a grassroots participatory arts charity based in Southwark that makes theatre with young people from different cultural, social and economic backgrounds, including young migrants and refugees. Rewrite raise public awareness about issues surrounding refuge and asylum, including wider global issues.

Conversation workshops

Seminar style conversations, facilitated by Neil Beddow, acta Artistic Director.

Tuesday afternoon – ENGAGEMENT – WHEN, WHY AND HOW?

Why do people engage? Making the show is not always the starting point for refugee participants. An opportunity to discuss how theatre improves relationships between host and refugee communities, and to ask what makes a good partnership?
With guest speakers from Rewrite in London and from Glasgow.

Wednesday afternoon – Why community theatre? What is the value for refugees and host communities?

Discuss the artistic content and theatrical style of refugee theatre; the cultural barriers to engagement; issues of ownership, and how to strike a balance between shaping work and enabling natural voice.
With guest speakers from Good Chance (London & France) and from Palermo, Sicily.

Practical workshops

Explore contrasting approaches and styles of working, to include games & exercises; how to plan a workshop around the participants (gender, age, physical skills, language); and an opportunity to ask questions and consider why we use certain techniques.

Tuesday afternoon – acta and CSC Danilo Dolci

An overview of how acta makes theatre with refugees, “the gentle approach,” led by Ingrid Jones, acta Associate Director, and Maya Khatun, acta Foundation. Followed by  an introduction to making theatre with refugees in Palermo, led by Martino.

wednesday afternoon – a therapeutic approach

The workshop will be introduced by acta “warm up games” led by Rosalie Pordes, acta Projects Director and Sara Snook, acta Foundation. Giselle Vegter will explore social roles; how do we perceive one another and how can we relate this to ourselves? How do our different social and cultural roles contribute to the creative encounter? This will be followed by an overview of the Rewrite approach to making theatre with young refugees.