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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32400

Title: Roma Refugee Youth and Applied Theatre: Imagining a future vernacular
Authors: Gallagher, Kathleen
Keywords: Roma
youth
theatre
Toronto, Canada
refugee status claims
experience of migration
theatre-making
experience of home
cultural geography
community-engaged public pedagogy
feminist science
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: NJ (National Journal of Drama Australia)
Citation: Gallagher, K. (2011). Roma Refugee Youth and Applied Theatre: Imagining a future vernacular. NJ (National Journal of Drama Australia) 35:1-12.
Abstract: This paper examines an experiment in theatre-making with a group of Roma refugee youth currently living in Toronto, Canada. A drama academic, a professional theatre director, an Executive Director of a Roma Community Centre, two Hungarian translators and nine Roma youth worked together to cross language and cultural borders in order to place theatre-making in a broader socio-political arena. Their primary goal was to awaken public officials, and a general public, to a better understanding of the youth’s experiences of ‘home’ and migration in order to garner support for their claims for refugee status. Using cultural geography, community-engaged public pedagogy and feminist science as different disciplinary lenses and theoretical frames through which to make sense of the tensions of such collaborative theatre projects, the author positions the work as a ‘theatre of little changes’ (Balfour 2009) ultimately worth engaging in.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32400
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