Why do bats hang upside down?
Eirini Marna, kindergarten teacher, theatre/ drama pedagogue, Greece
Workshop 2,5 hours
Part of the 2018 ATHENS GREECE INTERNATIONAL THEATRE/DRAMA & EDUCATION CONFERENCE
organised by the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr)
The Workshop "Why do bats hang upside down?" is an accredited workshop offered as part of the
“it could be me – it could be you - an awareness raising project on refugees and human rights"
using experiential learning, theatre and educational drama techniques
implemented by the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network in collaboration with the UNHCR
Using the Sudanese folktale “Why do bats hang upside down?” participants will explore the issue of diversity. Within the protective framework of Drama in Education they will recognize how they perceive the role of the weak and isolated, due to some external characteristics, and how their perception could be reconstructed. Through their participation, they will also be given the opportunity to change preconceived roles and empower the hero who is in this unfavorable position.
Eirini Marna holds a degree in Preschool Education of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1995-1999) and has completed her Postgraduate Studies in Theater in Education in the United Kingdom (MA in Applied Drama, University of Exeter, 2000-2001) and France (DEA, Etudes Theatrales, University of Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III, 2003-2004). She has participated in various Theatre- in- Education (TiE) programs, has organized Drama in Education seminars in primary and secondary education and has collaborated with several drama groups. She facilitates various amateur theater groups of adults and directs their performances. She has taken part in storytelling seminars in Greece and France and she likes to narrate the fairytales she loves. She currently works in a public primary schoolin northern Greece. She is also a facilitator and trainer at the project "it could me- it could be you", organizedby the Hellenic Theater/Drama Education Network (TENet-Gr)in collaboration with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Greece.