The Kaspar Machine play
The central product of the project is τhe “Kaspar Machine” play, designed to be shown in an outdoor public space, such as old deserted industrial buildings, quarries, harbor piers, refugee camps, or rugged landscapes. The play exploits Peter Handke’s text “Cries for Help” as well as excerpts from his plays “Kaspar” and “Offending the Audience”, intercepted by real stories of individuals experiencing social exclusion, gathered through field research. The play is staged in multi-media performance, including members of excluded communities alongside professional actors, to share their frustrations with the wider community, build hope and test the principles of participatory theatre. The “Kaspar Machine” play is scheduled to be shown in two performances in Athens in 2020 and subsequently in Modena, Italy and Poznan, Poland.