The project

THE COLLECTIVE PLAYS! aims at promoting the creation of plays which are the result of a collaboration of playwrights of different nationalities.

The playwrights meet and cooperate to create a narrative structure which is organic but at the same time incorporates different perspectives, styles, languages and idioms.

In this dimension, the final play’s draft is entrust to one playwright who never tries to homologate the different styles but, on the contrary, tries to highlight their contrasts by creating a collective narrative structure which resembles a cubist painting.


The objectives of the EU COLLECTIVE PLAYS! project are

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The results of the EU COLLECTIVE PLAYS! project are

9 collective plays by group of playwrights

will be created and 5 plays will be given a full production as a result of promoting international cooperation between playwrights and organizations

Collective writing laboratories

will be promoted to enhance the skills and also entrepreneurial competences of dramatists and artists in order to internationalize and/or strengthen their international career and to create innovative practices

Promotion and dissemination events (workshops / workshows)

dealing with polyphonic writing and inclusivity will be organized in order to connect artists and audiences and to test new cultural and collaboration models

A web area and media tools

(focused on new practices strategies in theatre and their exportability in film, television and web), will be developed to raise audience awareness

Co-authored English translations

of the commissioned plays will be published to make the cooperation between artists of different nationalities easier and to enlarge audiences

Work packages

Main deliverables of the EU COLLECTIVE PLAYS! project

Transnational Steering Committee
National working groups
Project Management toolbox
Partnership meetings
Quarterly report by each partner
Annual reports
Final report

Dissemination Plan
Project brochure
Brochures on project activities
Project life video clips
Thematic posters
Institutional website with pages in national languages
Facebook page
Twitter page
Quarterly newsletter
Workshops and workshows
Educational and promotion meetings

Exploitation plan and roadmap
Focus group and knowledge circle
National memorandum
Final conference

Internal Quality Plan

Transnational groups committees of Playwrights
Collective Writing Laboratories
Collective Writing Contest
9 full-lenght polyvocal plays

Context study on audiences attitudes
National Awareness Audience Activists Groups
National Awareness Raising Workshops

Workshop focused on promotion of theatre literature
Workshops on text and dramaturgy for tv, video, visual involving underrepresented groups

Official productions of the selected plays a “Festival within a Festival”
Site productions in unconventional location


ITALY – An introduction to the Eu Collective Plays! places starting from the Coordinator’s town: Viterbo. With the guide of Gian Maria Cervo we’re going to visit a place, which experienced various vicissitudes, glory and dust, in typical polivocal style. 

NORWAY – The collective writing process includes moments of text analysis,  experimentation, trials. In this case, discussion-working session, with an open reading of the play “Free Time” written by Gian Maria Cervo, Oleg Presnyakov and Vladimir Presnyakov.

The actress is  Sara Macdonald.

BELGIUM – The last movie of Steven Soderbergh is filmed with a mobile phone. So why don’t we. Here a short reading excerpt of “LEAVeS: a Tryptich”. The play is structured in one introduction and three panels.  Forewords: « The Cameleon » by Aboud Saeed,   first panel:« Hamidaor the journey I didn’t want to do», by Maria Pia Selvaggio, second panel :« The spaceship » by Françoise Berlanger, third panel: « The Commission » by Stephane Oertli. Anna Romano coordinates the polyvocal text. The shot is from first panel.

MALTA – Vincent Vella, maltese playwright, presents “Moving Mountain”, the play that FOPSIM has curated. The work process is characterized by the use of found materials, cases reports dealing with and related to problematic approach, if not even the refusal of medical therapies. That is the core of the plot.

SPAIN / DENMARK –  A workshop finalised with a workshop in an integrated program including focus group with experts and ideas for raising audience awareness. All from Barcelona through Eu Collective Plays! to Aarhus, Culture Capital. Here the teaser.

MONTENEGRO – “Capital for Children” includes Eu Collective Plays! educational meetings with Petar Pejakovic and workshop sessions with children (11-14 years old). Petar Pejakovic director, professor and Head of Kotor Art Children Festival organizes educative sessions which resulted with short creative short performances. This artwork is composed in form of workshops where children are involved in the process as actors on one side, and as writers – to write and collect materials on youth and community topics.

BELGIUM / SYRIA –  Aboud Saeed introduces shortly himself. Saeed is one of the co-author  with Anna Romano, Maria Pia Selvaggio e Stephane Oertli of the collective play within the Eu Collective Plays! “LEAVeS”. Saeed deals with identity and inclusion topics with a singular poetry enhanced by his refugee condition and interests in social media.

SPAIN – People from all over the world. Writing together the meaning and the goal of theatre and performing arts. With a lot of voices. Polyvocally. The educational and working context of Epica crosses with Eu Collective Plays! Here young creative people, reflecting about “c0llective” and “polyvocal”. Intensity and openess.

ITALY [Viterbo] – 08/2015 – Like a chinese box or a playful 3D labyrinth, the Corpus experience embeds also poetry (the words of Anna Lamberti Bocconi), music (GianCarlo Onorato) and theatre action care by Dimitri Ozerkov. This multilayered and polyvocal performance is absorbed in the town’s texture e climate of Quartieri dell’Arte Festival.

SPAIN [Barcelona] – 06-07/2016 –  Re-design the theatre starting from the memories and the meaning of memory among stories, history and technology. In this workshop – workshow La Fura explores also creativity and educational opportunities and advanced approaches of audience awareness raising. A daily diary and the final event.

BELGIUM [Bruxelles] 03-04/2016 – FORTeRESse, within EU COLLECTIVE PLAYS! has conducted a multilayered laboratory, including workshop and workshow phases called “Identities and Human Landscapes”. It is also an environment for involving under-represented groups in a process from audience role, through artistic participation, to the dimension of  human being.  The activity involves people with mental problems in a re-appropriation of its own dignity and identity. Polyvocality and collective writing as inclusive tools.

DENMARK / ITALY – 09/2016  – Presentation of the worksop – workshow of  KHIO at QUARTIERI DELL’ARTE FESTIVAL with an introduction of Jesper Halle,  award winning Norwegian playwright and teacher of dramaturgy at KHIO – Oslo National Academy of Arts. Since 1984 he has written many works for radio, television, puppetry and theatre. MOAI Project involves playwrights and actors in a complex collective writing process that is affected also by locations and environments where it is staged

MALTA [La Valletta ] 01/2018 FOPSIM has curated the making of  Moving Mountain, play of Vincent Vella. Here a complete reading and discussion on stage.

BELGIUM [Bruxelles] – 2017 –  Identités et Paysages Humains (Entre Deux) – pt I – Francoise. Suffering becomes a precious distillate of human experience. The theater is silent in front of the assistance work and dissolves when it arrives in the presence of the patient.  A branch of the integrated workshop-workshow “Identités”, addressing docu-fiction format.

BELGIUM [Bruxelles] – 2017 –  Identités et Paysages Humains (Entre Deux) – pt II Jeanette – The stage is expanded to real life. The workshop curated by Forteresse enters inside Brugmann hospital in Brussels, but no pain’s show at all. This is a social dramaturgy,  telling of people living, every day, at the outskirts of life.

BELGIUM [Bruxelles] – 2017 –  Identités et Paysages Humains (Entre Deux) – pt III Pol – “Human transhumance”, migration. Video as a vertical stage, playwriting through personal hystory, melting pot of genres. Drama in its pure essence. All the feelings, some words in trasparencies, will drain off inside the world of LeaveS.

BELGIUM [Bruxelles] – 2017 –  Identités et Paysages Humains (Entre Deux) – pt IV –  Meroujan.

Character and life, stage and migration pathway. One voice, thousand stories. Collectively…

BELGIUM [Bruxelles] – 2017 –  Identités et Paysages Humains (Entre Deux) – a teaser (?). A deconstructed stage, the extermination of the character’s concept. The theatre as civil fact dissolves in front of real life.

SPAIN [Cazorla] – 2016 –  La Fura Dels Baus – Workshop / Workshow – Pep Gatell involves audience in a storytelling / script process exploring dark (and thrilling) side of collective fables and subconscious meanders. It is a theatrical game and a involving method to transform audience in playwriting entity.

SPAIN [Cazorla] – 2016 –  La Fura Dels Baus – Workshop / Workshow – A participatory social process. A collective storytelling that leads to the set up of a community collective writing experiential group. In the framework of the La Fura mixed media theatrical strategy another piece for designing new performative and participative “piéce”.


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