Teens Writing 2018/19 – School’s and teachers’ programme
Our Writing 2018/19 Edition will bring various innovations compared with our 2017/18 Edition. To allow this innovations to be fully tested and cared at best, we are looking for a very limit number of schools to join us this year.
- New writing theatre, London
- Schools joining the project.
(on the left: at Gogol’Ostello during a Teens Writing 2017/18 lesson; at the centre: staging of a play created by teenagers taking part in the Teens project; on the right: London's Finborough Theatre, MPF partner)
Project’s period: October 2018 – May 2019
- Beginning of October 2018: Workshop with Playwriting Milano’s artistic director for teachers of schools enrolled in the Teens Writing. Workshop’s objective: how to use along the course the learning materials offered by Playwriting Milano. The lessons will be partly created ad hoc for the Teens Writing Project 18/19, partly implemented with some preexisting didactic materials (by way of example: National Theatre interviews)
- November 2018: brainstorming: students with their teachers will define the protagonist and the story that provokes. The play created will be one for all the group, allowing teachers to manage at best their energies and students to work on writing without neglecting the acting. A feedback on the ideas developed will be available by Playwriting Milano during this and all the other project’s phases.
- December 2018: The Economist: students will first explore themes presented on articles by The Economist . They will then discuss collectively in person with their teachers the theme. The chosen article wont need to have a direct connection with the play that the students will write. The idea is to make the students confront themselves with innovative and controversial ideas that will foster a creative, not banal writing and to develop critical thinking. We believe that theatre drama is ultimately a representation of different lives’ clashes, conflicting choices, ideas and passions: acting and playwriting are great artistic and educative tools, but without the nourishment of provocative, mind opening and controversial contents, those tools are just dull. Furthermore, this will be one of the chances offered by the Course to work on the English language in an unusual, proactive way.
- December 2018: Story contextualization / Acts’ division: students guided by teachers will imagine an historical/political/geographical scenario that may nourish the story in development and make the play’s more poignant for the public; they will then focus on the acts’ division (the plot crescendo) and on defining the single dramatic scenes, conferring to each group’s member the duty of writing a scene.
- January 2019: scenes’ writing: teenagers will start to write individually each one a predefined play’s sequence.
- Mid of February 2019 week-end (date to be confirmed): Educational weekend in London for the students and their teachers: attending (after reading the script) a new play at a major London’s new writing venue. Attending a show in the world capital of new writing will be a crucial, eye-opening experience for the students and the teachers. If the time schedule allow it, will be possible to visit the city.
- February 2019: feedback: exchange of views between each teacher and the Art. Dir. on the written play to help define the play’s final draft.
- February/March until May 2019: rehearsal: teenagers work with their teachers on acting using their own written play
- April/May 2019: Reading/ Mise en espace of the play written collectively by the students taking place in each participating school or its own partner theatre. Within the same day teachers will be able to award the Teens Writing Project 18/19 attendance certificate. NB: to maintain costs low and garantee a constant support to schools all along the project’s phases, a collective staging with all the schools in presence is NOT preview (there will be no Festival). The Playwriting artistic direction , within its own availability and prior to possible covering of travelling expenses , will do its best to attend each school’s staging, considering it a crucial part of the project.
- Discover what previous participants think of our projects: click here
- Discover more on the history of Associazione Milano Playwriting Festival and the past events that it has organized: click here
- Discover our Teens Writing 17/18: click here
Attending the project gives the right of a Certificate (one specifically for teachers, another one for students) that will prove the educational path undertaken (participating at the writing course in all its phases; the work undertaken with the English language; the analysis and discussion inspired by The Economist; the educational trip in London). The attending quality of each student will be evaluated together with the teachers.
Participation to the project (teacher’s training – didactic’s materials – assistance all along the project - organisation of the London’s trip, NOT included the trip’s costs of each person to London, see below): 300 euro for each school (not each student).time spen
+ 20 euro for each student/teacher to join the Playwriting Milano association for the years 2018/19 (20 euro will cover both years). The association’s card is a sign of moral support to Playwriting Milano for the development of the new writing in Italy, to finance the communication’s side of the project and to allow Playwriting Milano to start building the first tiny new writing’s library in Italy at Gogol’OStello, Milano, available to be consulted by anyone.
London’s educational weekend: the trip’s price could be estimated at around 300 euro per person. Schools will manage directly the purchase of theatre tickets, flights and hospitality, as well as the students’ insurance. The trip will be clearly cheaper if the purchases are carried out by the schools as early as possible. Playwriting Milano will offer feedbacks on which are the best flight to buy to match the time schedule and attend the show, and will offer other practical information, for example by suggesting hostels that could be practical and easy to reach.
- English language improvement towards an active and participated learning process.
- getting in touch with controversial themes conceived with The Economist stimulating approach.
- knowledge of the basic dynamics that allow to build an effective and engaging narrative.
- ability to reach a defined target both with team-working and individual application.
Opening: Wednesday 5th of September 2018
Closing: Friday 6th of October 2018