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The “Reverse Horseshoe” student drama group can continue its work in the 2022/2023 school year, as we have again been awarded a grant for the artistic talent support programme. We received funding under the “Innovative learning environment and implementation of complex talent support programmes” programme.
The amount of the grant awarded to the Bethlen Gábor Foundation is HUF 2 483 000, which can be used to organise the programmes of the drama group run by the Foundation. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support, which will be used to help our talents to flourish!
The content of the professional programme is based on learning new plays, with the help of a qualified director. One of the professional objectives to be achieved through the grant is to provide students with an educational programme in which they can develop good concentration and self-confidence through the methods used. In addition to this, the real goal to be achieved is the performance itself.
The managers of the activities:
Fodor Katalin – team leader, founder
Imecs-Magdó Levente – director
The programme will be implemented throughout the school year, and you can follow the progress on our website:
Implemented activity I.: participation in the Bessenyei István National Student Theatre Festival
On November 12 in 2022, the Reverse Horseshoe Drama Group participated in the Bessenyei István National Student Drama Festival, where they presented a stage version of I.L. Caragiale’s The Lost Letter. The national competition took place in Satu Mare and the students’ travel was financed by this grant.
Thanks to Fodor Katalin teacher and Imecs- Magdó Levente for their great work with the students.
Implemented activity II: The Waiting Room project – classroom/theatre educational performances
1.Bánk bán? Jelen!
“Bánk bán? Jelen!”, a classroom adaptation of Katona József ‘s classic, in which the creators tried to approach the text in a way that would be accessible and at the same time enjoyable for the audience – students of grades nine to twelve. The focus was on timeless themes such as friendship, love, homeland and power. The big question, which we leave to the students to answer, is who is guilty and who is innocent? Can someone be acquitted if we know the circumstances of their actions? Does the end really justify the means?”
As Katona József’s Bánk bán is part of the curriculum, it was performed for the students of the Bethlen Gábor College, classes 10.A and 10.B, many of them members of the Reverse Horseshoe Drama Group. The classroom adaptation of the work was not presented as a traditional production but as an enjoyable theatre education performance. The actors of the Waiting Room Project entered the students’ space, their classrooms, where they were treated to a theatre education programme as an interactive session.
Thank you to the Waiting Room Project for the exciting presentations!
Implemented activity III: Eszik vagy isszák?- Theatre education programme
The aim of the Eszik vagy isszák? theatre education programme is to help participants to become socially sensitive theatre lovers and theatre savvies, while at the same time using the self-awareness benefits of the theatre performance and the education programme in their own lives.
The programme included the musical Fiddler on the Roof, a performance by members of the Reverse Horseshoe Drama Group and students and teachers interested in theatre. The highly successful, humorous musical is about the life of a Jewish family driven by external pressures and inner desires in a turbulent historical time, but most of all about the changing world and the values of the time, about what it means to be human, to be a family, to have faith, to be a community and to stick together.
The theatre professionals will give a one-and-a-half-hour preparation session a few days before the performance and a one-and-a-half-hour follow-up session a few days after the performance. The Reverse Horseshoe student drama group enjoyed the programme very much, gaining experience and a deeper insight into the world of acting.
The programme coordinator and facilitator of the preparation/processing sessions is Kocsis Tünde , drama teacher: “For those who find it difficult to open up to others, or who have not given themselves time to deal with their own feelings and opinions for a long time. Those who cannot imagine what they can do in an empty room a few days before and after a performance. And most of all, I recommend it to people who have little social experience or who feel that their lives are rather monotonous.”
Thank you for the nice session and the experience the students had!
Implemented activity IV: Departures in Timisoara and Deva
During February 10-11, two outings took place, the new piece not yet being completely completed, their performance entitled Az elveszett levél was presented in Timișoara, at the Béla Bartók Theoretical High School and in Déva, at the Gábor Téglás Theoretical High School. They met many students, it was a very good experience for the team.
Implemented activity V: Presentation of the play The Strangers
From March to June, they continued to work hard on learning the new piece, as it was performed on June 17, 2023, in the college hall as part of the Fehér Megyei Magyar Napok, so they managed to attract a large crowd to the performance, again achieving great success.
When choosing a play, it was extremely important to stage a work by a Hungarian author or, preferably, by a Transylvanian author whose theme and form are close to the age group and interests of the students.
Implemented activity VI: : Making a short film and recording the entire performance
Also in June, the team’s short film was completed, which talks about what it means to be talented:
In addition, the performance called Idegenek was also recorded in its entirety, which we will publish later, because we want to present it and organize outings during the next school year, so we will not make it public yet.
Implemented activity VII: Purchase of tools
Two microports were purchased, which will be of great help to the team in the future in terms of sound technology.
Thank you for your support, we ended a very colorful and meaningful year thanks to the project!