The Workshop will bring together approximately 40 students ages 14 - 16; half from the Goethe Gymnasium School and half from the Reading School Grammar School in Reading. The students will be divided into 4 subgroups, each with a specific sub-topic and comprised of a mixture of German and English students, in order to give them the opportunity to work with new people from different countries and cultures. ETD will provide one workshop leader per subgroup to work with the students over the two-day period, in which they will participate in research, theatre exercises and games, scene work and improvisation. Under the overarching theme of "The Future of Europe," they will explore questions about Climate Change, Identity, Brexit and 75 Years of British-German Friendship. Additionally, they will work towards creating a short (10-15 minute) performance based on their groups’ topic, to present on the final afternoon.
The individual groups will be led by the four theatre pedagogues and coordinated by a project leader. All the workshop leaders are fluent English-speakers who currently live in Düsseldorf. A filmmaker will also be present for two hours per day to document the work over the weekend and will then edit a short video to provide the schools with a reminder of the project.