BSP-epostDear friends,

The Swedish National Theatre (www.riksteatern.se) and The Kality Foundation (www.kalityfonden.se) is planning to set up a theatre play with voices from imprisoned journalists in Ethiopia. The idea is to give back the freedom of expression that is denied from the jailed and to create a room for compassion.

The purpose with the project is to make people understand and discuss the importance of journalism and the suffering of those who pay the ultimate prize for our right to information.

The project will be cooperation with a theatre in the United Kingdom and Amnesty International in Sweden.

What we are looking for now is texts from jailed and newly released colleagues, in the country or in exile.

Texts about their daily life in prison: personal accounts rather than political statements.

You can answer all or a few of these questions. The different answers and stories will be put together into a collective narrative and will be read by actors on the stage. If you want to be anonymous it is possible but we see a value in naming you and giving you protection in the public sphere. Attention keeps people alive and is more important than food and water asmany of released prisoners of conscience has said.

Deadline is Januari 1 st. (1/1- 2016).

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All writers who’s texts will be used on stage in the finished theatre play will receive payment for their contribution (as authors).

Send answers to: martin@blankspotproject.se

Questions for the jailed

  • What is journalism according to you, and what does it mean to you?
  • What do you see around you right now? How does it look? What sounds and smells do you feel? Please describe your surroundings and how it feels to be where you are.
  • Who are the people around you?
  • Do you remember your first published text?
  • Why did you write?
  • Please describe a day in jail, from morning to evening.
  • What do you remember from the day you were arrested?
  • What is your strategy to keep sane in jail?
  • Can you tell any jokes from jail that kept you going.
  • What are you convicted/charged for?
  • What is your strategy to manage life in jail?
  • Why did you become a journalist/blogger?
  • Are you still a journalist/blogger?
  • How was it to be interrogated for something you had written?
  • How did you feel once you where sentenced/charged?
  • Tell us about your family. How does it make you feel to think about them?
  • What is your worst-case scenario for the future?
  • What are your dreams and hopes?
  • What makes you angry?
  • What makes you sad?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What events from life in prison taught you something?
  • Please describe the place where you sleep and the food you eat.
  • What does freedom of expression mean to you?
  • What does solidarity mean to you?
  • What do you miss the most while being jailed?
  • Is there something that you always wanted to tell about your situation but have not had the chance?
  • Has the time in prison changed your personality? If so, how?
  • Please explain something unexpected that has happened to you while in jail.
  • How do you feel about being released? Are your feelings positive, or does it sometimes feel frightening to face the life in freedom?
  • What will you do now?
  • What do you think is needed for a change to happen in Ethiopia, towards the better?
  • What can people in average do to help?
  • What would you like to say to those who jailed you?
  • Anything else that you want to share?
  • Whats you name?

Questions for the newly released

  • What is journalism according to you, and what does it mean to you?
  • Do you remember your first published text?
  • Why do you write?
  • Please describe a day in jail, from morning to evening.
  • What do you remember from the day you were arrested?
  • What were your strategy to manage life in jail?
  • Do you remember any bad jokes from your time in jail that kept you going.
  • What were you convicted/charged for?
  • Why did you become a journalist/blogger?
  • Are you still a journalist/blogger?
  • How was it to be interrogated for something you had written?
  • How did you feel once you where sentenced?
  • Tell us about your family. How did it make you feel to think about them, when jailed?
  • What is your worst-case scenario for the future?
  • What are your dreams and hopes?
  • What makes you angry?
  • What makes you sad?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What events from the life in prison taught you something?
  • Please describe the place where you sleep and the food you eat, while in prison.
  • What does freedom of expression mean to you?
  • What does solidarity mean to you?
  • Is there something that you always wanted to tell about your situation but haven’t had the chance?
  • Has the time in prison changed your personality? If so, how?
  • Please explain something unexpected that has happened to you while in jail.
  • What do you think is needed for a change to happen in Ethiopia? Towards the better.
  • What can people do to help?
  • What would you like to say to those who jailed you?
  • Anything else that you want to share?
  • Whats you name?

Questions for the exiled

  • What is journalism according to you, and what does it mean to you?
  • Do you remember your first published text?
  • Why do you write?
  • Why did you become a journalist/blogger?
  • Are you still a journalist/blogger?
  • Tell  us about your family. How does it make you feel to think about them?
  • What is your worst-case scenario for the future?
  • What are your dreams and hopes?
  • What makes you angry?
  • What makes you sad?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What does freedom of expression mean to you?
  • What does solidarity mean to you?
  • Is there something that you always wanted to tell about your situation but haven’t had the chance?
  • Has the time in exile changed your personality? If so, how?
  • How do you feel when you think back on your life before the exile?
  • What do you miss from your life before the exile?
  • How was your first period of time after arriving to the country you live in now?
  • How is your life today? Please describe your current situation.
  • What do you think is needed for a change to happen in Ethiopia? Towards the better.
  • What can people do to help?
  • What would you like to say to those who forced you to go into exile?
  • What do you think would happen if you returned to the country you left?
  • Anything else that you want to share?
  • Whats you name?

Deadline is Januari 1 st. (1/1- 2016).  All writers who’s texts will be used on stage in the finished theatre play will receive payment for their contribution (as authors).

Send answers to: martin@blankspotproject.se

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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