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Future Stages: A Creative Project For Emerging Syrian Writers

The project aims at building technical skills and social capabilities among Syrian and Palestinian-Syrian refugees in Lebanon, it targets young men and women aged between 18 and 26 years old in Palestinian and Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon.

Professional artists from Syria, Lebanon and Switzerland will work on providing the refugees the tools for playwriting, dramaturgical analysis and communication, allowing them to interact with their local communities and to think carefully about their current situation and their future, thus changing them from passive beneficiaries to active receivers of support through writing workshop with talented participants who, early this year attended a workshop conducted by the artistic directors of Future Stages, Syrian playwright Mudar Alhaggi and Swiss director and dramaturge Erik Altorfer.

The project tackles a range of problems that young Palestinian-Syrian refugees face in Lebanon, as well as in other countries of asylum.

Over the course of approximately one year we will continue the work we started in the first Future Stages workshop in Feb / Mar 2015. The objective is a more thorough experience with dramatic writing, the exposure to the work by theatre practitioners (actors and directors) on the new texts, as well as ensuing public presentations.

The writers will get the practical experience of completing a play over various stages. There will be an intermediate presentation of the plays in the form of rehearsed readings and finally one or two complete productions. All people involved in this process are professional theatre makers.

These next stages of the project aim for sustainability in a promising initiative with emerging talents and for capacity building for young theatre writers in difficult professional and personal circumstances.  

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