Telling Is Listening and the magic of real human communication

July 14, 2017

Maria Popova is a marvel. Through her Brain Pickings newsletter, she provides inspiration and sustenance for all seekers and valuers of the human experience. Here she offers an insight into Ursula K. Le Guin’s piece, Telling Is Listening, on the Magic of Real Human Conversation. Playback Theatre could not exist without our Tellers and our…

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An insiders view of Winter Magic…

July 13, 2017

Katoomba’s Winter Magic Festival last month marked the 2017 Winter Solstice and celebrated the coming of longer days ahead. Playback Theatre Sydney was fortunate to be asked to perform at the gorgeous light-filled Katoomba Cultural Centre, and our ensemble member, Paula Novotna, recounts how this wonderful show unfolded. What happened at our Winter Magic Festival Show……

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True story – tall tales and true!

June 1, 2017

Personal story has it all – emotion and energy, humour and horror, and often stranger-than-fiction surprise. And and listening to life’s stories through another’s tale can often highlight our shared humanity – and our absurdity! This year, commercial television has cottoned onto our entertaining Playback style in Hamish and Andy’s True Story. We’re chuffed that our Playback…

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Insights from Playback Practice (PP)

April 18, 2017

We are all hardwired to tell and receive stories and have an innate understanding of what a story is and what it means. Communicating a good story, however is a skill, and it is useful to have a few tools and also someone to hear it and give some feedback on what they are actually…

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Insights from Playback Practice

March 8, 2017

As you may know, our ensemble meets weekly to maintain and deepen our Playback Practice (PP).  During each PP we discuss company business and practise our theatre craft. Since we share leadership in our company, something that comes up repeatedly for each leader, is how to maintain the balance between the meeting’s program or agenda,…

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