begins Saturday 27 February and finishes Friday 18 March.

The freedom of the teller’s chair
In this exchange hub we are interested to come to know from each other what we do when for example:

• the teller in their story expresses very different values from us
• we become aware of a prejudice in ourselves
• we find ourselves judging or rejecting a teller and their story
• a culture of the ‘politically correct’ creeps into a performance or company life

We look forward to getting together with you and learning from each other.
Bev Hosking and Kris Plowman will co-ordinate these conversation hubs.
To be involved - you will need to sign up the conversation by registering at on or before 27 February, 2016
For enquiry in registration: Please email: Jori Pitkanen
Coming soon!
Watch out for the next edition of the IPTN Journal, soon to be on the IPTN website in full.  In the meantime there is a new featured article available now, "...and I felt as if I'm home you understand, with my people" - an in-depth research article on Playback with Arab Muslim women within a women's community group in a service for asylum seekers and refugees in the South West of the UK.  
Simon Floodgate, IPTN Journal Editor
Women’s narratives of attending Playback Theatre for refugees and asylum seekers: towards new ways of seeing, feeling and being with others.

This research explored the stories of Arabic Muslim women who attended Playback Theatre (PT) sessions within a women’s community group in a service for asylum seekers and refugees.  Eight semi-structured interviews were analysed using narrative methodology.  Five themes were identified: ‘deciding whether to tell’, ‘sharing stories’, ‘empathy and understanding’, ‘emotional release’, and ‘personal growth’.  The analysis focused on the ‘personal growth’ theme, which included reflections on cultural issues and comprised three sub-themes: new ways of seeing, feeling differently, new ways of being with others. We noted links between what happens in PT and what is thought to be effective in established therapies and argue that PT can make a positive contribution to asylum seeker and refugee women and their wider communities. For the women within the current research, it seemed that Playback enactments shifted the told story from an individual to a shared representational context which fostered personal growth and shared connections which were experienced as positive and beneficial. This highlighted the potential value of community interventions outside of clinical settings.
Key words: Playback Theatre, community psychology, refugees, asylum seekers, narrative research
International Playback Theatre Network