ImaginAction community-theatre arts residency/ Belfast, Northern Ireland, October 10-30th 2013
This year, I was granted my first arts residency in Northern Ireland with an internationally renowned community theatre practitioner Hector Aristizábal (Founder and Artistic Director of ImaginAction) in collaboration with Playhouse from Derry. The residency investigated the use of theatre for social change and healing in Northern Ireland
For three weeks the internationally selected team of six from Holland, Belgium, USA and Australia were involved in masterclasses, collective learning and directly within local communities including:
- Maghaberry Prison, a high security prison housing adult male long-term sentenced and remand prisoners. The workshops were part of the Family Matters program, which provided alternative means for inmates with children to stay connected with their families.
- Magilligan Prison, a medium-low security prison housing adult male short-term sentenced prisoners. The workshops were part of the prisons educational program.
- Strabane youth group, theatre workshops with Springhill Youth Group in the border town of Strabane, which has the highest level of unemployment in Northern Ireland.
- Strabane LGBT group, workshops with an LGBT group using theatre to discuss issues of discrimination and social ostracism.
- Assistant Facilitators at Hector Aristiabal’s Theatre of the Oppressed Master Classes (Playhouse in Derry as well as the MAC in Belfast)
- Forum Theatre workshop with theatre undergraduates at the University of Ulster.
For a blog entry about my concluding thoughts of the residency please visit: http://thebelfastdiaries.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/internship-october-213-tania-canas/