Rooftop Theater Groupe

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Social sector

The Rooftop Theatre Group, formed by theatre enthusiasts and active citizens from both communities following the opening of the checkpoints in 2003, is working to face the challenges of a changing culture and society in Cyprus. The Group attempts to achieve this by enacting through dialogue, theatre and performance an exploration of personal and cultural identity and of the insights, skills and possibilities needed to live in a multicultural society. Through its activities and outreach programs, the Group aims to help bridge the gap and heal the historical conflict between the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities. Theatre can and does help develop active tolerance skills in people, that is, openness to the other, a greater maturity and understanding, in contrast to the passive tolerance that many members of society have today. Rooftop aims to break down gender, cultural and social stereotypes through self-reflection and dialogue.