Between 2008 and 2010, eleven ETC Member Theatres developed the artistic project "Young Europe - Young Creation and Education in the Theatre" with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.

The aim of "Young Europe 1" was to improve collaborations between theatre and education and to stimulate encounters between young theatre professionnals and young audiences. The project consists of eight European co-creations, two workshops with theatre students and two international conferences. The participants were confronted with questions regarding identity and belonging, immigration and rejection, violence, family and relationships and explored new theatrical languages. Young theatre professionals have been given the opportunity to create sustainable international relations and to work closely with young audiences.



The project Young Europe is developed with the financial support of the Culture Programme of the European Commission.

Young Europe 1 Festival

19 – 24 November 2010, Strasbourg

Young Europe I Festival - Press Kit



With the ambition of letting young actors work together and discover the international co-production process, Young Europe 1 incorporated a co-creation project. Young actors from different European countries have participated in four small-scale co-productions. The model of the co-productions was the following: two ETC Member Theatres from different countries worked in close collaboration on the same new written play they have commissioned to a young playwright. The productions were then staged to school audiences and performed in two languages in both countries. Each play was limited to 45 minutes to allow a discussion between the young European artistic team and the school audiences after the performance.

The Island - Mannen Frå Havet

A play freely adapted from Armin Greder’s picture book by Laura Lomas
Coproduction Nottingham Playhouse Roundabout & Det Norske Theatret
Classroom play in English and Norwegian
Age group: 9-12


Heads or Tails - Kopf oder Zahl - Κορώνα - Γράμματα

A play by Katja Hensel
Coproduction Theater an der Parkaue & Cyprus Theatre Organisation
German and Greek school plays
Age group: 12+


Mined Zone - Champ de mines - Verminte Zone

A play by Pamela Dürr
Coproduction Deutsches Theater Berlin & Théâtre de l'Est Parisien
German and French school plays
Age group: 15-18


My mother Medea - Ma mère Médée - Meine Mutter Medea

A play by Holger Schober
Coproduction Theater & Orchester Heidelberg & Comédie de Genève
German and swissschool plays 
Age group: 13-15


Classroom Plays Synopsis

Young Europe 1


Young Europe

Bringing theatres across Europe together to make new plays for young people - highlighting non-dominant voices in European societies.

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