NCCA Partners with Jordan National Forum for Women to Train Interactive Theatre Troupe to Address Gender Based Violence
20th June 2012
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June 20, 2012- The National Center for Culture and Arts (NCCA) in partnership with the Jordan National Forum for Women (JNFW) just completed a four-month training project to equip five men and eight women volunteers ages 16-55 from Ruseifeh in the Governorate of Zarqa on how to form an interactive theatre troupe to address the issue of Gender Based Violence.
The project, entitled “Women’s Empowerment through Stage Animation, Awareness and Lobbying – WESAL” is a regional project implemented in Jordan, Egypt, and Yemen with funding from the European Commission.
The project provided the participants with 115 hours of training on the basics of scripting, stage managing, and sound and light design along with the methodology of interactive theatre.
The participants formed their own troupe and wrote an interactive play about Gender Based Violence entitled “Cries” which they presented to the JNFW at the NCCA on Sunday, June 17, 2012. Friends and families of the participants also attended the performance.
Participants say this experience has helped them to develop a better sense of self-expression and taught them more about this issue; during play rehearsals some of them talked about how the experience of exploring gender based violence through interactive theatre had made them much more aware of the negative impact of violence on the well-being of families and society.
Following the completion of the training the new interactive theatre troupe in Ruseifeh plans to perform the interactive play “Cries” in their area as well as in other cities in Jordan under the supervision of the NCAA.