·      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 and special guest teachers.

 

2018: SEP 26-30    IONA RENEWAL RETREAT

with Jonathan Fox

IN THE VILLAGE HALL, ISLE OF IONA, SCOTLAND

WEDNESDAY 9.30AM TO SUNDAY 5.30PM

In this workshop we will use playback theatre and other action methods to take stock and find new sources of energy and commitment.  We will let the beauty of nature and the history of the island inspire us to examine the seeds of change that guide our lives, what we have achieved, and the challenges that lie ahead. The workshop will be led by Jonathan Fox and will count as supervision for accredited playback theatre trainers.

The journey to and from Iona itself will be an adventure. Coming to Iona you must find your way to Oban, a fishing village on the West coast of Scotland. Trains to Oban run regularly from Glasgow’s Queen Street Station. There are many ways to Glasgow — direct flights from overseas to Glasgow airport or flights from London or other domestic airports in the UK; or coach or train journeys from major cities in the UK and so on.  From Oban you take a big ferry to the Isle of Mull. Then you cross Mull on a bus to another smaller ferry terminal, where you catch a 10 minute ferry ride across to Iona. 

To accommodate a variety of budgets, the fee for this workshop does not include accommodation, breakfast or dinner. There are two excellent hotels on Iona, a lovely Youth Hostel (http://www.ionahostel.co.uk), several B&Bs, self-catering hire of homes, and also low cost camping possibilities (http://www.ionacampsite.co.uk) See also http://www.welcometoiona.com

SPT UK will host lunch for all of us in the Village during the retreat.


2018: NOV 2-4*     THE NUTS & BOLTS OF CONDUCTING

with Di Adderley & Veronica Needa

IN BUCKDEN, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

FROM SUPPER AT 6PM ON FRIDAY EVENING TO SUNDAY 4PM

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?

2019: FEB 8-10*     MUSIC & MOVEMENT

with Steve Nash & Davina Holmes

IN BUCKDEN, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

FROM SUPPER AT 6PM ON FRIDAY EVENING TO SUNDAY 4PM

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. 

2019: APR 12-14*     FACETS OF THE STORY

ith Simon Floodgate & Veronica Needa

IN BUCKDEN, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

FROM SUPPER AT 6PM ON FRIDAY EVENING TO SUNDAY 4PM

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. 

2019: MAY 31-Jun 2*     ATTENDING TO THE SOCIAL DIMENSION

with Alison Fairlove & Amanda Brown

IN BUCKDEN, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

FROM SUPPER AT 6PM ON FRIDAY EVENING TO SUNDAY 4PM

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 issuesand 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. 

 Go to  http://www.welcometoiona.com  for more information on the Isle of Iona

Go to http://www.welcometoiona.com for more information on the Isle of Iona


Fees:

Iona Renewal Retreat   £775 / deposit £300

Each * weekend residential course in shared rooms   £295 / deposit £100

Single rooms may be available for an additional £10 per night.

Scholarships are available for students and the low-waged.