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Manual: Patras hosts first artistic residency and performance

The project A Manual on Work and Happiness will soon start the artistic residencies with Portuguese theatre company mala voadora. These residencies will generate four different performances involving the communities of Patras (Greece), Montijo (Portugal), Alcobaça (Portugal) and Pergine (Italy).

The Municipal and Regional Theatre of Patras will be the first partner of the project to host the residency. Subsequently, it will also host the world premiere of the performance A Manual on Work and Happiness, scheduled for March 16, 2018. Two dates will follow: March 17 and 18.

In Patras, the play will star a professional actor and 20 local citizens, selected through a call and during a 3-day workshop coordinated by mala voadora (February 22-24).

Written by Spanish author Pablo Gisbert during a residency at L’arboreto (watch the video report), the text of the play wil be wrapped up with a manual of stage directions (guidelines, light and set design, etc). Together, they will form the kit “A Manual on Work and Happiness”, which will be available online for free download.

Theatre companies worldwide will be able to follow the instructions and create their own versions of the Manual, royalty free.

After the premiere in Patras, two municipalities of Artemrede, Montijo and Alcobaça, will also host the residencies in March and April, respectively. Once again, local citizens will be encouraged to participate actively in the creative process and to take the stage alongside a professional actor. The last performance will take place in July during the Festival Pergine Spettacolo Aperto (Italy).

With the artistic residencies and the subsequent performances, the project A Manual on Work and Happiness reaches its final stage, after having organised the International Seminar on Work and Happiness in 2017 (watch the video reports), the writing residency (watch the video) and four training sessions for cultural agents in the framework of the Southern Coalition network (watch the video).

A Manual on Work and Happiness is co-financed by the European Union's Creative Europe programme.

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