On World Theatre Day 2020, the European Theatre Convention (ETC) released Participatory Theatre – A Casebook.
“Participatory theatre has the capacity to be one alternative site of political participation, giving a voice to the voiceless”. For the past two years, ETC and its members have been exploring the concept of participatory theatre across Europe. The project, called ‘Our Stage’, gathered major European public theatres who addressed their challenges, successes and experiences in the casebook published today. 

On a day where almost all European theatres have closed their doors, with a very uncertain future (read ETC’s statement on the coronavirus pandemic here), the value of creativity is even more relevant than ever, as well as the influence that community involvement can have on it.

Bürgerbühne, Community Theatre, Teatro do Oprimido… Under many names, the practice and idea of turning citizens, users and audiences into active participants is on the rise. Many theatres feel the urge to link art to new and more democratic forms of communication and community involvement.

The publication Participatory Theatre – A Casebook offers insights, reflections and best-practice advice written from theatre makers, for theatre makers. All contributions are now available online.

Participatory Theatre - A Casebook

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A casebook series with articles and insights from ETC's projects in Digital Theatre, Youth Theatre and Participatory Theatre.

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