In late January (from the 20/01/2020 until the 23/01/2020) we came together for another encounter of the Drama for Youth Work project in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Day 1 saw us hashing out the schedule for the Symposium, assigning tasks and later catching up over dinner.
The second day, we drove out to Maynooth University. Peter Hussey (Crooked House Theatre Company) kicked off the Drama for Youth Symposium by introducing the project. His speech was followed by Anne O’ Gorman of the National Youth Council of Ireland Youth Arts Programme, who provided a bit more insight on the impact youth theatre has on young people. After that, Laura O’Riordan (On&Off Theatre) and Lena Gattinger (BiondekBühne) got a bit more specific about issues young people face in Spain and Austria respectively – and presented methods to support them. Maurice Devlin, Head of the Applied Social Studies Department in Maynooth University was up next, putting the input into perspective for the youth workers present. In the afternoon, the youth workers had the opportunity to try out some of the tutorials in small groups, which was then followed by a closing round of feedback.
On the 22nd of January, we got together again for a reflection of the Symposium and discussing the progress of the handbook. After that we enjoyed some time out in Newbridge and a final dinner all together.
For this encounter (from the 28/10/2019 until the 3/11/2019) of the KA2 project Drama for Youth Work the three partner organizations along with local youth workers from each partner country came together in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland for a week-long training course and evaluation of the activities of Drama for Youth Work. Day 1 of the encounter, all the participants met each other and went for dinner in a local restaurant in Newbridge. The next day is when we began the work! Each local youth worker was given time to prepare themselves with some of the video tutorials in order to facilitate the workshop to the rest of the participants. All of the writers were present to watch how their activities were interpreted in order to know what information their activities were lacking, what ways could they make the written material clearer and in how many ways the activities can be varied.
The training course coincided with Halloween, therefore on the 31stit was decided to make a cultural trip to Dublin where the participants were able to enjoy Irish culture and music. After the cultural visit, the decision makers of the project met back together to make the final decisions on the layout of the handbook, after some intense conversations on font and colour scheme, we called it a day and packed up to go home, happy to see each other again.