·      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. They will be a combination of Core faculty - Anna Chesner, Simon Floodgate & Veronica Needa – and special guest teachers.

 

2017: OCT 6-8*               Acting & staging

IN READING

FRIDAY EVENING (6.30-9.30PM), SATURDAY (10AM-7PM) & SUNDAY (9.30AM-4.30PM) – 19 TRAINING HOURS.

with Andrew Gray & Veronica Needa

Stage, space, body, action: developing resources in artistic expression - as an individual and as an ensemble within the frame of the Playback Theatre stage.  We will free up physical and vocal expression, and explore the use of cloth, music, space & time - bringing stories more vividly to life together as a team.

 

2017: DEC 1-3*        nuts & bolts of conducting

in reading

FRIDAY EVENING (6.30-9.30PM), SATURDAY (10AM-7PM) & SUNDAY (9.30AM-4.30PM) – 19 TRAINING HOURS.

with Di Adderley & Veronica Needa

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 over the arc of a performance? 

 

2018: feb 9-11*               music & ritual

IN READING

FRIDAY EVENING (6.30-9.30PM), SATURDAY (10AM-7PM) & SUNDAY (9.30AM-4.30PM) – 19 TRAINING HOURS.

with Steve Nash & Veronica Needa

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. Often in the background, lets make this conscious and understand its true value in our work.

 

2018: APR 6-8*              FACETS OF THE STORY

IN READING

FRIDAY EVENING (6.30-9.30PM), SATURDAY (10AM-7PM) & SUNDAY (9.30AM-4.30PM) – 19 TRAINING HOURS.   

with Anna Chesner & Simon Floodgate

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? Another immersion into acting and stagecraft this weekend we will expand our personal and collective sensitivities and performative potentials.

 

2018: JUN 8-10*     ATTENDING TO THE SOCIAL DIMENSION

IN READING

FRIDAY EVENING (6.30-9.30PM), SATURDAY (10AM-7PM) & SUNDAY (9.30AM-4.30PM) – 19 TRAINING HOURS. 

with Simon Floodgate & Veronica Needa

Opening our minds to the global context we live in, and expanding our understanding of our own identities and responses to difference in others, we will expand our awareness of social/political issues and bring this understanding into our performance work. We will also address "Company Life” in a Playback Theatre group and look at what supports health and longevity in our play and work together over time.


Fees:

Each * weekend  non-residential course   £195 / deposit £50

Scholarships are available for students and the low-waged.