·      THOSE OF YOU WHO ALREADY HAVE PLAYBACK THEATRE EXPERIENCE – CORE TRAINING OR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS PRACTICE WITH A GROUP - ARE WELCOME TO JOIN ANY OF THESE COURSES, TO DEVELOP YOUR CRAFT AND LEARN NEW SKILLS.

·      THE COURSES MARKED * ARE ESSENTIAL COURSES WHICH CUMULATIVELY LEAD TO THE ADVANCED PRACTITIONER’S CERTIFICATE IN PLAYBACK THEATRE. TALK TO US IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS PROGRAMME.

·      ALL WEEKENDS AND RESIDENTIALS WILL RUN WITH TWO TRAINERS.

·      ALL OF OUR TRAINERS, WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS, ARE CENTRE FOR PLAYBACK THEATRE ACCREDITED PLAYBACK THEATRE TRAINERS WITH LONG AND DEEP EXPERIENCE OF PLAYBACK THEATRE.


2019: NOV 15-17     MUSIC & MOVement

with Steve Nash & Rose Thorn

IN BUCKDEN, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

FROM SUPPER AT 6PM ON FRIDAY EVENING TO SUNDAY 3.30PM

Music in Playback Theatre is very powerful for its artistic contribution to the performance on the one hand; and also for its role in managing the frame, process and rhythm of a whole event. This weekend we also work with our body response to story and to each other on stage, exploring movement as artistic vocabulary alongside music.               

Please register by 15th October 2019

2019: Nov 15-17 CONDUCTING - stories of trauma & loss

with Aviva Apel-Rosenthal & Davina Holmes

IN BUCKDEN, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

FROM SUPPER AT 6PM ON FRIDAY EVENING TO SUNDAY 3.30PM

Playback Theatre can offer empowerment and relief for people with stories about crisis and in traumatic situations. These stories can come ‘out of nowhere’ as a story during a regular performance or ‘pop out’ in a workshop. And there are also times when we are ready for these stories to emerge, and places where the events dictate that these stories will come.

In this workshop Aviva & Davina will share their experience, look at what conditions we need to create for best outcomes, how to work with the Tellers and their stories, and how to reflect these back in ways which empower the tellers and the audience. We will explore ways to handle these stories when they come from children and young people, as well as with adults, whether in a workshop or within a performance.

Please register by 15th October 2019

2020: feb 14-16     The Nuts & bolts of conducting

with Agnes Law & Di Adderley

IN BUCKDEN, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

FROM SUPPER AT 6PM ON FRIDAY EVENING TO SUNDAY 3.30PM

A key role in the Playback Theatre process, this weekend will support deeper understanding and practice: learning how to manage transitions over the course of a whole event; moving from conductor/actor introductions to audience moments and linking from one moment to the next; inviting stories from teller to teller, story to story, and on to ending a performance. How do you bring your full self into the many roles of a conductor, developing presence, managing rhythm, context & content?

Please register by 14th January 2020

2020: Mar 7-8 CONDUCTING - SPONTANEITY & RITUAL

with Davina Holmes & Andrew Gray

IN Devon (non-residential)

A key role in the Playback Theatre process, this weekend will support deeper understanding and practice: how to be ‘in the moment’ with the collective experience as well as holding and containing the process, managing transitions from one moment to the next; inviting stories from teller to teller, story to story, and on to ending a performance. How do you bring your full self into the many roles of a conductor, developing presence, managing rhythm, context & content? Our trainers will work with your individual needs and level of experience.

Please register by 7th February 2020

2020: april 17-19     facets of the story

with Di Adderley & Rose Thorn

IN BUCKDEN, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

FROM SUPPER AT 6PM ON FRIDAY EVENING TO SUNDAY 3.30PM

We will take this time to listen more deeply for the heart of the story – discerning and highlighting multiple perspectives. What is the key aspect to portray on stage? An immersion into acting and stagecraft this weekend, we will expand our personal and collective sensitivities and performative potentials. 

Please register by 17th March 2020

2020: Jun 26-28 starting & maintaining a Pt group & developing healthy ‘company life’

with Alison Fairlove & Amanda Brown

IN BUCKDEN, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

FROM SUPPER AT 6PM ON FRIDAY EVENING TO SUNDAY 3.30PM

It is an interesting and wonderful characteristic of Playback Theatre that groups stay together for many years. We tell our personal stories in our practice – and learn much about life from the gift of our mutual sharing – and will also sometimes be challenged in managing relationships within the group over time. We call this Company Life – moving through the Ups and Downs with deep satisfaction as well as endurance! So good attention to group process as well as artistic development is essential for healthy, happy & productive Playback theatre groups. Alison & Amanda have a wealth of experience to enlighten and empower us to generate the best shared outcome. This weekend is for new as well highly experienced Playbackers. Come!

Please register by 26th May 2020

2020: jul 10-12     working with diverse groups and contexts

with Davina Holmes & Rose Thorn

IN BUCKDEN, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

FROM SUPPER AT 6PM ON FRIDAY EVENING TO SUNDAY 3.30PM

At the very beginning of Playback Theatre, the original group, our first teachers, created this form with the intention to reach out to our communities in all its colours, shapes and sizes. Over the years we, the many of us in regular practice, have accumulated experience and understanding on how to do this with respect and effectiveness. This workshop opens our eyes to ourselves, each other and to issues of privilege, difference, awareness of social dynamics and subgroups, and will empower our Playback Theatre work in this complicated and richly diverse world we live in.

Please register by 10th June 2020

Over the Rainbow Vegetarian Country Retreat in Cardigan Bay, West Wales

Over the Rainbow Vegetarian Country Retreat in Cardigan Bay, West Wales

“OUR RELATIONSHIP TO THE NATURAL WORLD”

Retreat In Wales With Jo Salas
2020: Wednesday 16 to sunday 20 september

Our next 5-day/6-night Retreat will be with Playback Theatre co-founder Jo Salas at Over the Rainbow in west Wales - a landscape and culture rich with stories - and will focus on our relationship with the natural world. We begin on Wednesday morning and finish on Sunday evening, and expect participants to arrive by the Tuesday 15 evening, and leave on Monday 21 September.

As soon as we have news of costs we will post the info here. 

If you are immediately interested and wish to receive news as soon as we have it, then email us HERE

Venue: Over the Rainbow, Plas Tyllwyd, Tanygroes, Cardigan, Cardigan, Cymru SA43 2JD  www.overtherainbowwales.co.uk 

Travel information is detailed on the website  http://overtherainbowwales.co.uk/contact/#map 

From London a train goes to Cardiff and the nearest big town will be Carmarthen, a 460 bus will take you on an hours journey to the nearest village which is 20 minutes away. There is an airport in Bristol and Cardiff.

Please register by 16th August


Fees:

Each weekend residential course in shared rooms   £375 / deposit £100

Single rooms may be available for an additional £15 per night.

Scholarships are available for students and the low-waged.