Social action theatre starting

GAP Theatre is a new project of the West Kootenay Women’s Centre, aimed at supporting youth in our community to explore and transform gender dynamics and challenge gender-based inequalities.

Through a 10-week series of theatre workshops using Social Action Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, selected youth (ages 14 to 19ish) will create interactive theatre pieces, based on their lived experiences, to share with the region.

Starting in January, youth will be invited to participate in weekly workshops full of games, discussions, film screenings, food, and theatre creation. The participants will learn theatre tools that help express their concerns in a powerful, respectful, interactive and fun way; and experience a place where they will be seen and heard by their peers, family members, teachers, and the greater community.

This process will consist of a set of games, exercises and practices that create space for people to name their reality, identify the contradictions, dialogue through theatre, and try out different solutions. It uses movement, storytelling and tableaux to explore how images of one’s personal experience reflect universal issues of power and social transformation.

Participants will receive a high school drama credit from SelfDesign High, and those who choose to go on to performance will receive an honourarium of $100 for their work.

For more information or to apply, contact or phone the Women’s Centre at 250-352-4494.


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