The Silent Generation - Let's Help Them Speak Up


Who is behind this?

Anna Lengyel

PanoDrama Nonprofit Kft.


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

How come today's youths don't want to engage in public life? Why tolerate tyrants like Orbán in the EU? Hungarian first voters of 2018 interview common heroes of 68 (Germany/France), 56 ( Hungary), Solidarnosc why democracy matters and what we can do about it. Oral history meets verbatim theatre.

Where will your idea take place?

Budapest, Hungary, Germany, Prague, Czech Republic, Poland, France

Why does Europe need your idea?

Europe's clearly in trouble. Learning from our mistakes is something we have to be reminded of daily. Many seem to have forgotten where the road we started walking down again has lead and will lead if we are not very careful. Extreme right ideas are frighteningly popular and carry weight with young people especially. Hungary is a frontrunner. Ignorance and indifference are equally clear and present dangers. But none of this would be the case if young people re-claimed their interest in public life and in shaping their own - not individual, but common - future. We, citizens, have to reclaim our countries. We need another '68 without the violence. The concept is international to begin with, but can certainly be developed further. A methodology for younger kids can also be developed.

What is your impact?

A year from now we'll have a large core group of students grown from our TIE group, who made the in-depth journey with us into the fairly recent history of conscious, engaged, self-evident, successful civil activism.
In an experience different from any history lesson or other school or family exposure they'll have learnt to get excited about their grandparents' generation, often from other countries, due to the meetings' deeply personal nature and the thorough methods of oral history and verbatim.
The results are disseminated through the students, through an interactive DVD, published and distributed in schools by PanoDrama, and through the classroom theatre show.
The verbatim piece will be seen by thousands of international spectators with discussions to follow each evening.

How do you get there?

July - our TIE group, and other students join our actors, director, drama teachers and dramaturgs in a summer camp to learn about 56, 68 and Solidarnosc from experts; oral history and verbatim interview skills, visual and audio documentary techniques, editing and ethical issues.
September-March - led by the documentary theatre-makers - students conduct parallel in-depth interviews with everyday heroes of these historic uprisings in Hungary, Germany, Prague and Poland.
April - we make a classroom-theatre with the students to tour in schools. We publish an interactive DVD for schools: tools of democracy and how to use them.
May - September PanoDrama company rehearses the verbatim play, Silent Generation to open in Trafó in September and tour to coproducing international partner theatres.

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€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 77000,-

Total budget

Major expenses


What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We realise that the issue - though strongly present in most European countries - takes different forms. We are grateful for any hints about young people's attitude to public life, as well as specific tips for interview subjects of everyday heroes of 56, 68 (Germany, France, Prague) and Solidarnosc.



Idea created on April 13, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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