Playback Theatre: The Art of Empathy in Action, An Introduction

Playback Theatre: The Art of Empathy in Action, An Introduction

An experiential day of Playback Theatre,
Saturday 8th September. in Stroud, 10 – 4pm.


Playback Theatre is a unique form of improvised theatre that invites a true story from an audience member which is then re-enacted on the spot. Playback Theatre is now practiced worldwide as community theatre drawing people together through the bonding experience of shared stories.

As a Community Venture I'm now running these increasingly popular Playback Workshops monthly in Stroud and we have participants from Bristol so car share is possible. You are invited to come and try it out with no obligation to continue.

Booking essential. CPD Certificates available.

This is an ongoing group since the beginning of 2018. There are a number of regular members and newcomers are always welcome to our friendly and warm group.

Whilst often therapeutic, Playback Theatre is not therapy, although it can be used in clinical settings. I teach Playback as community theatre and we do have time to feedback, process and share our experiences at the end of the day. Anything shared within our group is confidential and boundaries are explicit.

  • Have fun learning the skills of improvised theatre through games and exercises. Get up out of that counsellor’s chair and get into your body.
  • Counselling is already a skilled improvised response. Use that skill in action and gain a deeper insight into empathy through the experiential embodiment of another's personal story.
  • Listen with immediacy with an ethical dimension and act reflectively from spontaneity. Learn physically expressive skills and the methods of Playback Theatre.
  • Share what you wish to share and see your story re-enacted.
  • Hear the stories of others and learn how to re-enact their story with artistry and skill in a safe environment.

No previous theatre or drama skills required as everything will be taught on the day.

I hope to see some of you on the day. Do write if you have any questions. Brian
Brian Tasker
0786 784 8365

I'm a counsellor with BACP Senior Accreditation, a qualified supervisor using creative methods, a graduate of the School of Playback Theatre in New York and a Practitioner registered with the International Playback Theatre Network. I've taught Playback Theatre groups in the UK, Lithuania, Hong Kong, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Thailand and India and co-hosted the annual Bulgarian Playback Theatre Gathering 2017 and 2018. I also edit the Journal of the International Playback Theatre Network (IPTN)

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