Apr 2017
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Dear members,
It's been a while we haven't been in touch. How have you been? Winter has passed and Spring has come. We have written a few reports from the Board on the website which you may read from here: What's New From the Board
The shock of new authority rising and affecting the world since January hasn't stopped us from being the human rights defenders as Playbackers. A lot of us have been connecting through Facebook and sharing wonderful projects and news. We often ask why are we running a website? Because we want to provide a central hub for all these amazing things that we have done to be documented. A one-stop archive if you may.
Since Simon has left us last September, the IPTN Jounal has taken on a new journey - we now have Brian Tasker as the main coordinator to liase with regional editors, soliciting more articles from different regions in their own languages. You may or may not have noticed - that we have also announced before that we won't be printing the Journal anymore. We will, however, select featured articles once a year and put into a PDF format for those who prefer to print and read offline. Featured articles in different languages will be publised on our website periodically. If you read something that you would like to help translate, please contact us.
It's been 40 years since Playback Theatre was conceived and it's really important for us to help write the history and keep a documentation of the practice of this form that we love. Jo Salas, one of the members of the founding company, has also recently just started her own independent blog: Playback Theatre Reflects for thoughtful writing about Playback Theatre by practitioners and researchers. So do check it out and support different kinds of mutual exchange to strenghten our practice.
This eNews also brings to you a few articles that we have published since October. From the sharing of one of the oldest Playback Theatre Companies to the newly trained Playbackers, we also have different articles on the reflection on our work. Simply click on the green heading to read the full article.
The Board is going to meet in the European Playback Theatre Gathering in Budapest from 18-25 April. And it is then and there we shall announce the next international conference hosting country. We will, of course, keep you posted.
As for myself, after serving the Board for four years, I have decided to step down. The selection of the new president will happen at the Budapest Board meeting and we shall announce it on Facebook and our website at the same time.
I would love to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in the Network and your Playback work that has helped change this world to a better place. The democracy battle that I am in right now here in Hong Kong is not looking good. As more and more segregation is being encouraged by the higher authority, it's up to us to resist and stay true to ourselves. As the Hong Kong saying goes, "江湖見!" ("See you in Gong Wu" means "See you out there, in the world.") Just like everything else, I believe that: This, too, shall pass. Stay strong and let's watch!
Michele (Hong Kong)
Sydney Playback Theatre received an invitation from the Playback Theatre International Conference organising committee to contribute a workshop for the 2015 Conference ”Where We’ve Come From and Where We’re Going: 40 years of Playback Theatre” .
Using the experiences of both the company 35 years, and the current members, ranging back some 26 years, as a starting point, we identified four elements that we felt critical to sustaining the health of a company...
Playback Theatre Training in New Delhi – Brian Tasker and Rijul Kataria
There is an existing and long-standing Playback Theatre community in south India but little in northern India that I was aware of, so I was pleased to provide an introduction during my visit to India in May 2106 when I offered a pre-arranged three-day workshop in Playback Theatre to the Yuva Ekta Foundation based in New Delhi that works with disadvantaged young people.  This group was particularly receptive to the training and very willing to learn new ideas and integrate them into their work. They were a delight to work with.

by Debe Edden, Heartsparkle Players’ Founder and Artistic and Managing Director
In 1981 at the bottom of the Puget Sound in Olympia, Washington in the United States – an actor, a bus driver, two teachers, and several community activists wrote and performed a personal safety play for children. At this time adults were beginning to talk about sexual abuse – its impact on survivors and the need for sexual abuse prevention.  We performed our interactive plays throughout our state for hundreds of children. This was when the Heartsparkle Players first came into being...
by Marlena Merrin Erdos
As a conductor, you will encounter tellers who start to reveal personal details about third parties -- a family member, co-worker, friend, etc.
Perhaps a teller reveals that their brother is a drug addict, or that their boss is having an affair. Sometimes these personal details are highly relevant to the teller’s story, but many times they aren’t.
Since disclosure of personal information (and/or judgements) about a third party risks harm to that person -- and also can cause significant audience discomfort -- it makes sense for a conductor to help shape the teller’s story to limit the amount and type of information revealed about other people...
by Bin Tu and Le Zhao
In the winter of 2013, we met Anna Chesner in Guangzhou and participated her workshop organized by Friends Playback, The Use of Myth, Legend and Metaphor in Playback Theatre. A new window was opened, and an appealing view is unfolding – for the first time we clearly see how deep and sophiscated Playback Theatre could possibly be, and how many resources from traditional literature we could draw to use. That trip is the starting point of quite a few journeys, including this one we are recording.
In the spring of 2015, we met Raffia Li, a lady who had been working on traditional and innovational shadow theatre, and later Evan Hastings, an American living in India, using shadow theatre, playback, and forum theatre to explore gender issues. Evan did a workshop with our company members for a night, and two days later, we did our first shadow playback performance with the theme of Shadow.
by Assael Romanelli
A conflict is considered the core of Drama. It is what we want to see onstage. In Playback Theater (PT) there are special forms that specialize in staging dilemmas and conflicts in a clear way. This article offers some terms, models and forms that can aid the PT ensemble in enacting different kinds of internal and inter-personal conflicts. The article begins with clarification of terms relating to dilemmas and conflicts, together with understanding from the Neuro Linguistic Programming  (NLP) field. The article will focus on revisions of some existing PT forms as well as new short and medium forms. An examination of enacting antagonism and conflicts in Scenes will be described in a future article....
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