Digital Drama Workshops - Third Meeting [CHT]
3rd-6th May 2022, Stavanger, Norway

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This trip serves as a part of the larger, two year Key Action 2 'Digital Drama Workshops' Project. Read more about the project on it's dedicated page.

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In February 2021, a small group of Crooked House Theatre Company members travelled to the Norwegian port city of Stavanger as part of the Digital Drama Workshops project. An Erasmus+ Key Action 2 funded project, Digital Drama Workshops is Crooked House led, and aims to offer theatre makers skills and materials to conduct their work online during times when they cannot meet. The project will ultimately consist of 40 drama workshops, 10 videos and a book, all freely accessible online. 

Crooked House, alongside hosts Rogaland Teatre of Norway, BeyondBuhne of Baden and Pirineus Creatius of Spain met in the beautiful southern city of Stavanger  to help make these resources happen. Over a 2 day Transnational Project Meeting, the companies worked to evaluate the process of current state of the project, which has been actively in process since early 2021. This involved viewing some of the videos and material so far created, as well as reviewing the proposed workshops, and finalising details for the book. Partners also discussed where to go from here and whether they were all on schedule and happy with the project up to this point. 

During the two days, participants also got the opportunity to experience Norwegian culture, have a trip out to the North Sea, and enagge with the local theatre culture in Stavanger - of which there is plenty. During their short time in Stavanger the organisations got to see two productions which were ongoing in Rogaland, as well as meet a local start-up theatre for children in the city (pictured). 

The next meeting for Digital Drama Workshops will occur September 2021 in Ireland. The previous meeting took place in Spain in February 2022 (see below). 

Connect - Empower - Act | Partnership Building Activity [CHT]
25th-31st March 2022, Rabka-Zdrój, Poland

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'Connect-Empower-Act (or CEA) was a Partnership Building Activity (PBA) held in Rabka-Zdrój in the southeastern region of Lesser Poland, Poland. A Partnership Building Activity is an Erasmus+ project which aims at connecting similarly oriented organisations and NGO's across Europe and to promote the forming of partnerships and projects between them - as a form of networking. 

The Connect-Empower-Act PBA was organised and led by Polish organisation Europe4Youth. Kildare Youth Theatre was repesented on the behalf of Crooked House. As well as the hosts and Crooked House, CEA included participating organisations from France, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, the Netherlands and Latvia. 

For 7 days, these organisations worked intensively to learn not only about eachother but also the process behind applying for an implementing Erasmus+ projects. The overall intention of the PBA was for the partners to find mutual connections, and to leave the week with the basis of a forme dpartnership and muutal project to implement in the future. 

Kildare Youth Theatre runs multiple Erasmus+ projects every year, and events such as CEA help us to find new European youth and organisations to engage with, exchange culture and learn from. 

CEA was a highly beneficial project for Kildare Youth Theatre and resulted in the formation of the Amalgama project, which is in development and is expected to take place in the summer of 2023. It features Crooked House, Europe4Youth of Poland, Impluvium Teatro of Italy, Rooftop Theatre of Cyprus, and Selfmade NGO of Portugal.

Digital Drama Workshops - Second Meeting [CHT]
24th-27th February 2022, La Seu D'Urgell, Catalonia, Spain

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This trip serves as a part of the larger, two year Key Action 2 'Digital Drama Workshops' Project. Read more about the project on it's dedicated page.

In February 2021, a small group of Crooked House Theatre Company members travelled to the town of La Seu D'Urgell in Catalonia as part of the Digital Drama Workshops project. An Erasmus+ Key Action 2 funded project, Digital Drama Workshops is Crooked House led, and aims to offer theatre makers skills and materials to conduct their work online during times when they cannot meet. The project will ultimately consist of 40 drama workshops, 10 videos and a book, all freely accessible online. 

Crooked House, alongside hosts Pirineus Creatius of Spain, BeyondBuhne of Baden and Rogaland Teatre of Norway met in the small idyllic town of La Seu D'Urgell to help make these resources happen. Over a 2 day Transnational Project Meeting, in the beautiful mountainous town close to the Andorran border, the companies worked to evaluate the process of current state of the project, which has been actively in process since early 2021. This involved viewing some of the videos and material so far created. Partners also discussed where to go from here and whether they were all on schedule and happy with the project up to this point. 

During the two days, participants also got the opportunity to experience Catalonian culture, the Pyrenees and partcipated with the hosts, Pirineus Creatius ine one of their weekly workshops.

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This meeting represented the second in-person one since the project commenced. The first one occurred in Baden, Austria in November of 2021.

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