Crossroads Applied Theatre Youth Camp
The Applied Theatre Youth Camp was implemented from 29th July to 7th August 2016 in Kampos village in the Troodos Mountains of Cyprus. It was designed to accommodate young people aged 15 to 18 years old who belong to the refugee community living inside the Kofinou Refugee Camp, as well as young Cypriots both coming from the Turkish speaking and Greek speaking communities of the island. The participants were asked to co-exist for a period of ten days, sharing not only their accommodation but also their thoughts, feelings, ideas and concerns in a structured contact between them through various Applied Theatre workshops. Each day of the camp consisted of workshops and reflection sessions, in which the participants acted and interacted with each other, discussed about and reflected on the topic of the day. The topics were around individual and communal identity, conflicts, borders and limits, empathy, memories and trauma, as well as dreams and aspirations. Throughout the 10 days, and with the guidance of their facilitators, the participants developed an interactive performance using the method of Devised Theatre, in which they demonstrated the whole process of the camp communicating their general concerns and worries to the audience members around matters of acceptance, tolerance, solidarity and empathy, while generating a safe and creative space for the youth to interact and interconnect.