bards sang tales which involved repetition, concrete narration, and
performance that encompassed both the traditional and the improvisational.
Furthermore, while the experience was most definitely designed to
be fun, there was a higher purpose involved, centering on the importance
of remembrance and the transmission of a community's most important
truths " (Jonathan Fox, Founder of Playback Theatre)
is Playback Theatre?
Playback Theatre is created through a unique collaboration between
performers and audience. Here the audience shares a feel, moment,
or a story from their life, and then these are enacted the the actors
on the spot, the audience get to watch their story is immediately
recreated and given artistic shape and coherence.
are 3 main section under playback: Fluids, stories, and conflicts.
There are newer sections introduced in playback theatre such as echo,
encounter and chorus.
of a performance
It starts with ice breakers to make audience feel comfortable.
Then few warm up questions are asked to audience which actors then
act spontaneously, after which the audience is asked to share a incident
from their lives which is then acted out spontaneously by the actors.
There is no script, but there is a rhythm and sequence to a Playback
Theatre performance. The Conductor is the host and facilitator of
the process. After a period of introductions and warming up, someone
will volunteer to tell a story. It could be a short moment, or about
a longer event. They may be past, present or future stories. They
could be about a very special time or about something that happens
everyday. In the course of a performance 3, 4 or 5, maybe more, people
will come forward to tell a story in this way. Towards the end of
a performance, the conductor may invite reflections on the process,
and the team will create some sort of closure appropriate for the
form of theatre is very entertaining and interactive. Audience feel
very important as the play is from their lives. They can connect to
it so it becomes a very enjoyable experience which they cherish for
the rest of their lives.
Theatre is a process that can be adapted to many settings. Playback
Theatre exists in three forms: (a) artistic, (b) therapeutic, and
(c) social/development .