In this 4-hour “taster” workshop, participants will learn to improvise enactments based on real life stories shared by other members of the group. Participants will also learn about the application of Playback Theatre for social and political change in various contexts around the world.

Playback Theatre is an interactive theatre approach used in over 60 countries as a tool for community building, trauma response and cultural activism. In a Playback event, audience members share personal stories, and watch as a team of actors and musicians transform these accounts into improvised theatre pieces. Playback Theatre responds to the fundamental human need to share one’s story and have it heard and honored.

Performing artists, educators, community workers and cultural activists are welcome to participate.

FACILITATOR: Ben Rivers is a British-Australian writer, educator and drama therapist specializing in the use of applied theatre for community mobilization and cultural activism. Over the past 13 years he has worked extensively with individuals, families and communities impacted by structural oppression, political violence and collective trauma. Ben has taught and practiced in Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and North America. He currently works at The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp where he founded the Freedom Bus initiative – a Playback Theatre project engaging thousands of Palestinians and people from abroad in cultural actions that promote civil rights and equality. Ben holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, USA. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of New England, Australia.

Seats: 20 participants

Fees: Rs. 400

To register, please click here


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