Season-end balance at Osonó Theatre
In the 2020-21 season, due to the coronavirus epidemic, the theatre company's activities were limited to six months and projects carried out in two countries, Hungary and Romania. Despite the intermittent shutdowns, the self-sustaining company of Osonó Theatre has produced 141 cultural, educational and social events for 2,630 participants this season. Most of the activities revolved around training, as the company provided trainings for youngsters and adults through 113 workshops and 3 drama camps. However, Osonó was only able to hold 10 performances, each of which was followed by an interactive audience reunion.
Plans for next season include the creation of a classroom and theatre production. Oszkár Mucha will lend his voice to the texts of József Attila in the performance “I am not there, only others see me", directed by Misi Fazakas. In addition to this, the grants recently won show that more international and Budapest-based projects await Osonó Theatre, which will continue to build its activities around the old three key words: theatre, education and social projects.
Osonó Theatre's long-term youth project ended with a camp
In 2020, in response to the situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Osonó launched its project titled Experiment with Theatre Forms, aiming to organise professional modules that would provide Transylvanian youngsters with a multi-stage programme in the field of professional acting. The project, supported by the Hungarian National Cultural Fund, has been running for several months and was recently ended with a camp.
Within the project, two members of Osonó Theatre – a Registered Talent Point and European Talent Point –, Fazakas Misi and Mucha Oszkár, held workshops on theatre education, self-awareness, personality development, team building and most of all acting and improvisation. The training was so successful that on the initiative of the students an idea for a theatre performance has even been created.
The long term social-educational project of Osonó Theatre and Caritas ended with a camp
The project of the Alba Iulia Caritas titled “Compass into the world of work” was launched in 2019, and it focuses on the mentorship of youngsters with fewer opportunities. The four-year long programme is supported by the EEA and Norwegian Grants and Renovabis aims at reducing early school-leave and the emigration of youngsters, and also at their support to find employment on the labour market in the settlements of the counties of Mureș and Harghita.
The project invited Osonó Theatre ̶ qualified as a Registered Talent Point and a European Talent Point ̶ as a partner with great experience to carry out the professional programmes. In the recent period two members of the company, Fazakas Misi and Mucha Oszkár held workshops in theatre education, self-awareness, personality improvement, communication, competence-enforcement and team building for the students of the Bányai János Technical Vocational School and the Eötvös József Vocational School of Odorheiu Secuiesc, the Fogarasy Mihály Technical Secondary School of Gheorgheni, the Puskás Tivadar Vocational School of Ditrău, and the Avram Iancu Vocational School of Târgu Mureș.
This work phase ended between 19-22 of April with the camp held at Sovata, where Osonó worked with 23 youngsters. The training and the workshops provided an opportunity for the youngsters to find answers and most of all tools for the challenges of life, and to receive an impulse towards a more conscious way of life. The intense and profound work turned out to be effective and this has been confirmed by the following feedbacks from the youngsters:
“This camp helped a lot for me to arrange things inside myself.” (Botond)
“After the workshops I realised what and how do I have to change in my life.” (Katalin)
“I really enjoyed the workshops, and I am thankful to you for opening a new way for me.” (Nándor)
“I had a great time, thank you for making it possible for me to be a part of the team for almost two years now, where I could recognise my own diversity. Every minute of the workshops with Osonó gave an amazing experience for me.” (Boglárka)
Osonó Theatre closed their long-term talent programmes with vocational camps
Osonó Theatre, as a Registered and European Talent Point, carried out two complex talent development projects providing art and long-term trainings recently. For the sake of profound work, in the month of March, the theatre company organised two vocational camps for the youngsters participating in the training and for the students of the drama faculty at the Plugor Sándor Art Secondary School of Sfântu Gheorghe. During the workshops, the participating youngsters could unfold their talent through visual education, film training, speech development and improvisational exercises.