Playback theatre is a form of applied theatre that focuses on community engagement. Some believe in its therapeutic qualities, while others are excited by the possibility of social change.
The experience of seeing one's own story played back can be surprising insightful or cathartic. The experience of watching someone else's story being played back can stir up feelings of resonance, dissonance or remembrance.
Playback theatre is an interactive and improvised performance. Audience members share emotions from their daily lives, or even from sweet, hidden memories. These stories - be they short or long, light-hearted or painful - are almost immediately presented through music, movement and metaphor.
3 Cups of Kopi Playback Theatre Ensemble is organising a training season. This training will cover several useful skills, forms, rituals, ethics and practice pertaining to Playback Theatre. The training will be relevant for seasoned playbacks as well as newcomers.
Over 14 bite-sized workshop sessions, the training will focus on different facets of Playback Theatre. Participants can choose to learn or explore at their own pace as there is no expectation to put up a public performance at the end of this season.
The goal is to create a space where everyone can learn and practice together. Come find out more about Playback Theatre, or work on deepening your current practice. Try a single session, or 3, or all 14!