Social Theatre as an effective tool for the inclusion of disadvantaged learners

The idea of “doing theatre” as a means to support different disadvantaged groups at high risk of social exclusion (e.g. migrants, disabled, prisoners, ethnic minorities, former drug addicts, etc.) is very ancient. Examples of good practices are spread all over Europe, showing the potentials, effectiveness and actual benefits of this methodology on pupils, adult learners as well as elderly people or youngsters affected by different kinds of social disease.


  • Main theoretical references of the Social and Community Theatre
  • Increasing self-awareness, interpersonal communication, problem solving, ability to work in a team
  • Perceiving and expressing needs through body, voice, music, movement, writing and art in general
  • Learning how to use basic theatrical and artistic techniques with different target groups of disadvantaged learners
  • How to build a social theater project
  • Theatrical and psychosocial techniques related to leading theatrical laboratories
  • The “mimesico” method and its practical applications


The course is mainly addressed to beneficiaries of an Erasmus+ KA1 grant in the fields of School and Adult Education, including teachers (pre-school, primary, secondary, special needs), adult educators, VET trainers, occupational therapists, art instructors, pedagogues and psychologists, social workers. Participants from youth and VET organisations are also welcome to attend the course.


DAY 1. Sunday (only afternoon)
Presentation of the program
Getting to know each other
Ice-breaking activities
Welcome drink and social dinner

DAY 2. Monday
Verbal and non-verbal communicative channels
Vocal and corporeal expressiveness: sound, music, movement and gestures
Playful and socio-cultural entertainment
Perceiving and expressing needs through body, voice, music, movement, writing and art in general
Using play as a mean of knowledge, exchange, expressiveness and integration
Being aware of all possible areas of intervention and of the characteristics of each kind of user

DAY 3. Tuesday
Basic theatrical and artistic techniques
Entertainment techniques through the use of theatrical game, the recovery of the musical heritage and the expression of cultural, social and local identities
Creating and developing abilities and skills through the manual and artistic techniques

DAY 4. Wednesday
Social theatre project: objectives, interlocutors, strategies
From theory to practice: creating a social theatre performance with learners
Field trip

DAY 5. Thursday
The “mimesico” method: recovery of the mimic sense understood as the instinctual root of expressiveness
Practical applications of the “mimesico” method
Exploring and practicing the method

DAY 6. Friday
The social theatre operator in Europe: definition and evolution of a professional profile
Adapting the method to different target groups of disadvantaged learners
Practical exercises
Presentation of results

DAY 7. Saturday (only morning)
Relevant bibliography and online materials for further deepening
Course roundup and review
Evaluation of the course
Certificates to participants
Administrative arrangements


Rome, Italy

scheduled sessions *

Sessions available on demand for 2020 and 2021. Dedicated sessions and tailor made programmes can be set for a minimum of ten participants from the same organisation.


Pascal La Delfa. Author and director, he has been dedicating his activity for several years to the research and training field of social and community theatre. He started his activity in theatres teaching in the Mental Health Care Facility in Rome in 1993. He has been author of children’s programmes for RAI (Italian Radiotelevision). He is the director of the theatre company of Comunità di San Patrignano. His book about Social Theatre and his methodology is about to be published.

costs **

Course fee: 420 €
Support for logistics and administrative arrangements: 150 €


Oltre le Parole is a non-profit association founded in 2003. Initially consisting of psychologists and psychotherapeutics who mainly deal with autism, after a few years it has been “renewed” thanks to artists and in particular experts in the field of theatre who have contaminated the association up to transform it in a specialist structure where the use of arts and theatre in particular is a means for the approach, expressiveness, well-being of people affected by any form of disease: children and youngsters at risk of social segregation, migrants, people with psycho-physical disabilities, prisoners, former drug addicts in rehabilitation and all those groups that thanks to the “big play of theatre” may find a way to integrate, know each other, self-express and tell themselves.



* Please consider that dedicated sessions and tailor made pro- grammes can be set for a minimum of five participants from the same organisation.

** All costs for attendance, travel and accommodation can be covered by an Erasmus+ KA1 grant. In case of several participants from the same organisation, a 100 € discount will be applied from the 6th participant onwards.
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