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Rooftop Theatre

National Network: 
8 Georgiou Christoforou Street, Flat 31
2012 Nicosia
+357 22875099
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
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General Information: 

The Organization has a very basic structure: the work stems from the two Artistic Coordinators and an Administrative Director. The Artistic Coordinators define the artistic principles and the methodology used in the work, whereas the Administrative Director deals with the Management aspect of the projects. The members of the Group can be anyone who wishes to join, commitment and respect being the only entry fees. Artistically the Group aims at being self-sufficient; therefore theatre productions and other activities are performed by the Group. Partnerships are formed with various artistic, academic and research institutions in order to apply for and pursue more complex and multi-faceted projects. The actions we undertake are concrete projects, seminars / workshops and participation is Festivals.

Mission and Objectives: 

The Rooftop Theatre Group is a non-political organization with members from the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities in Cyprus. The mission of the Group is to promote theatre creation through experimentation in writing and presenting theatrical text, through collaborative and collective artistic creation. The main objectives of the Group are in line with Augusto Boal’s principles for the Theatre of the Oppressed: the creation, through the use of the living art of theatre, of a new type of civilian, an agent of action and social change: no longer a spectator but a spect-actor. The Group also promotes the use of multimedia, music and the fine arts in productions, as an effort to create multiple levels of signification within productions.

Main Projects / Activities: 

The activities of the Rooftop Theatre Group have been an important stop in the development of bi-communal activities and experimental theatre on the island. Since 2004, the Group has: produced five theatre production, contributed to the world reading of antiwar plays for three consecutive years, has contributed towards academic research (presentation in conferences, publications, organization of seminars/ lectures, contribution to MA/PhD researcher), published the play texts of three of the plays, participated in International Theatre Festivals in Europe, and collaborated with international and local organizations (United Nations Development Program, ARTos Cultural and Research Foundation, Youth Board of Cyprus, Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus, etc).