The workshop with young offenders and young people on probation aims at awakening UNIMI students and other participants to the issues of justice, detention and punishment.
It stimulates discussion about the meaning of being foreign starting from the participants' individual stories as well as from the witness of practitioners who help the group to understand the juridical process of the welcoming in Italy.
It brings the group to read the Shakespearean play with a multidisciplinary approach.
It helps the participants to recognise and to bring out their own skills (artistic, communicative, organising, etc.) in order to improve the collective project.
It guides the group towards the creation of a theatrical event (playwriting, conceiving scenography and costumes, backstage shooting, etc.) and its promotion (contacts with the media, and the social networks.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the workshop, students will have had a unique experience of working together with a group of young offenders and youth on probation; they will have increased their knowledge about the life in a juvenile prison and its rules. They will also have learnt to discredit several stereotypes about "young criminals".
The work on the individual creative skills as well as the constant confrontation with such a varied group will lead students to acquire self-confidence and will push them to test their capabilities in a completely new way.
The multidisciplinary reading of the Shakesperean play will give students some samples of possibile future careers.
Being involved in all the steps of the work, they will acquire specific competences: - critical reading of a literary text; - creative writing; - writing of "diari di bordo"; - drafting of press release; - designing leaflets; - promotion with the media.
The workshop, run in collaboration with Puntozero's director Giuseppe Scutellà and Lisa Mazoni, at Milan's Juvenile Detention Centre "Cesare Beccaria", involves a group of university students along with young men from the centre and young professional actors from Puntozero. They will be guided in a critical reading of the play Sir Thomas More in the light of participants' experiences. The group will question and discuss themes such as justice and law and what it means to build an inclusive society that welcomes newcomers. The mastercalsses by professionals such as director and teacher Arne Pohlmeier (Two Gents Production, London), professor Theo Gavrielides (Director of Restorative Justive for All Institute), Angelo Pugliese (Comunità Il Seme), professor Luca Ciabarri (Università degli Studi di Milano) will offer an opportunity not only for discusions but also for producing creative materials (short plays, diaries, poems, drawings, photographs, short videos) that will be assembled in a final performance. The performance will open on the occasion of the international conference "Tempera Seminar. Sir Thomas More from Page to Stage" (2 December, Teatro Beccaria Puntozero).
The workshop will take place at the Juvenile detention Centre "Cesare Beccaria" (Via Calchi Taeggi 20) as follows: Saturdays 9, 16, 23, 30 November (from 9.00 to 4.00pm) Tuesdays 12, 19, 26 November (for actors only) Partecipants: no more than 25.
An introductory meeting is scheduled on 4 October, 4.30-6.30 (Aula Shakespeare, Piazza Sant'Alessandro 1).
Prerequisites for admission
The workshop is run in Italian and in English. Students need to have a good knowledge of the two languages.
The workshop invites partecipants to work in acreative team work and to: carry out: - a critical reading of a dramatic text; - creative writing; - writing of "diari di bordo"; - drafting of press release; - designing leaflets; - media promotion.
Sir Thomas More, edited by John Jowett, London, Bloombury, 2011.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Participants are asked to take active part in the workshop. They keep a diary of the workshop. They are involved into writing, producing and promoting the final performance, so improving their writing skills in very different areas, such as producing press releases, day-to-day diaries, a playtext. Some of them receive training as actors in the performance, so improving, in their everyday lives, their ability to speak in public. Seeing that many participants score badly in this areas, the enhancement of these skills is very necessary.