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19th of October 2018

7:30 pm

LONDON PLAYBACK THEATRE returns to Essex Church!

Venue: Essex Church 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington, London W8 4RT

Another Piece of the Puzzle

When have we felt just on track…

when the big jigsaw puzzle of life felt right…

when we felt our choices were in alignment with beliefs, faith, values?

And what stories can we tell when we felt so off track… the puzzle so mixed up!


We invite your stories in another evening of surprising and soul-satisfying Playback Theatre.

And you are so welcome to stay for refreshments afterwards for more conversation and convivial sharing…

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Witches & Bitches

Tuesday 13th of November 2018 from

19:30 to 21:00 (GMT)

New Diorama Theatre

15-16 Triton Street
NW1 3BF London
United Kingdom

Women of the world today….. homemakers & activists, changemakers & traditionalists! Welcome to you and welcome to men and all those who share our lives on this lovely blue planet.

This evening of Playback Theatre explores our stories evoked by that title…

Witches and Bitches

Words with much resonance in history and fiction, politics and social action.

What have these words meant for you?

We have multiple feelings and responses to being called or named as such.

And some of us take pride in being such!

Let’s take this opportunity to stir that pot over the fire and make some good medicine together through the magical potion of Playback Theatre.

This evening we are at the cosy New Diorama Theatre – a short walk away from Great Portland St and Warren St tubes.

Our event is free of charge, and we welcome donations.

Do stay afterwards for a lovely cup of brew for convivial chat or perhaps ongoing debate….

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20th of APRIL 2018

 Essex Church

 We explored feelings, memories and stories around Grace.


16th of FEB 2018
Essex Church

 We explored feelings, memories and stories around LOVE and KINDNESS or maybe the lack of those or just one or the other.

24th of November 2017
Essex Church
 We boldly explored the unknown with a lovely audience and through fabulous stories on our PUBLIC PERFORMANCE.
Tragic comedy about a deluded girl and her mannequin lover
26th of July / 7 pm   @Theatre503
“You know a mannequin’s life is hidden andlonely;but often the darkest of times take us to the most comedic of times…like the day
Emma caught my eye: my life began. She lost her mum you know? I’m here for her, to help her get through it…..”
How do you take your coffee?
6th of July 2017 7.30 pm
 @ Artworks Elephant London
 What is your relationship to coffee?

For some their first coffee is the essential kick-start to the day
For others the aroma is irresistible but its effect on the nervous system is intolerable
Otherswont buy it unless it’s fairly traded…How has coffee … searching for it, drinking it, avoiding it … held stories of meaning and significance for you?

Celebration of success and reflection on practice.
Playback Theatre workshop performance in cooperation with THE SURVIVORS TRUST.
11th of May 2017
What happens now?
4th of May 2017 7.30
Many changes surround us and potentially impact our lives.
We offer a convivial space to feel our humanity as we face the shifting tides.

Spring is springing! Are you?
6th of April 2017 7:30 pm


Springtime heralds new shoots…new energy pulsing through the body of the earth.
How Spring-like are you feeling these days?
What is pulsing through you?
Or not…
Let’s take this opportunity to exchange stories through Playback Theatre and find out!


I AM BEAST, a wonderful play by SPARKLE AND DARK about death and mental illness through the story of a teenager girl, who lost her mum.

The show was followed by a Playback Theatre performance asreflectionon the playand  toopen up discussions on taboo topics.

1st of April 2016
Fisher’s Theatre


Wellness Day for Mums!     30th of March 2017      Lordship HUB London 

London Playback Theatre supported the Women’s Therapy Centre‘s family event with Playback Theatre in Haringey, Lordship HUB.



2nd of March 2017
7.30 pm

London Playback Theatre celebrates International Women’s Day with you on their theme for this year…

Facebook: Changing Times…
Tickets: www.LPTMar2017.eventbrite.co.uk or www.londonplaybacktheatre.eventbrite.com


22. Jan 2017
@ The Artworks Elephant
We welcomed all to our first public performance for 2017… What has this turn of year brought us to take forward? We took this opportunity to glance back and reflect on the stories that stay with us from last year. And look forward…

Ageing:  Combatting Loneliness in cooperation with Globalnet21
10th of Nov 2017
Essex Church 

London Playback Theatre collaborated with GlobalNet21 to open dialogue about ageing, and the problems of isolation and loneliness. At this event, we will share feelings, exchange experiences and stories on this growing problem.
Our monthly performance was held at the Trunk of The Artworks Elephant. We shared personal stories about our life challenges and created improvisational theatre. We touch on important topics as family dynamics, carrier choices, love and the hardship of opening our hearts, living in distance from our home, London as a challenge in our everyday lives.
3rd of Nov 2016
7.30 pm @The Artworks Elephant
Public Playback Theatre performance where we collaborated with the Centre for Playback Theatre’s global initiative to discuss the topic Where are we going?
Different Playback Theatre companies held performances around the world on the same topic and shared the outcome.
6th of  October 2016
The Artworks Elephant
              —————————————————————————————————————————————————- Open discussion happened around Menthal Health, many diverse               personal story emerged, was heard and turned in theatre. Check the  photo report on Facebook!       —————————————————————————————————————————————————- We had a rich night telling our stories about the election for the post of the major of London. Check out the photos on Facebook.         —————————————————————————————————————————————————-  Playback Theatre on the theme of Safeguarding 18th of March 2016 London Playback Theatre delivered two workshop performances to the residents of East Thames, which is a registered housing provider and regeneration charity in East London. Read the article about the event to find out more: Playback Theatre brings stories of safety to life “I found the events very useful – I thought it was an amazing        experience, and would like to see more of it within East Thames! ” —————————————————————————————————————————————————-  Photo report on Facebook or in our Gallery. This performance at Clean Break was dedicated to International  Women’s Day. We heard from women and man from all around the  world. From the Middle East, France, UK and Hong Kong. Thank you for  your wonderful stories.       —————————————————————————————————————————————————- Playback Theatre on Community Psychology Conference Birmingham 11th of March 2016           —————————————————————————————————————————————————- Check out more details: Austerity and social justice? Time and date: 7:30pm – 9:00pm Thursday 18th February 2016 Venue: Clean Break     —————————————————————————————————————————————————- Playback Theatre Performance in the House of Common AUSTERITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE         London Playback Theatre is honoured to perform in co-operation with GlobalNet 21 in the House of Common. Members of GlobalNet 21 are invited. Special guest is Kate Osamor. Check out more details: https://www.globalnet21.org/ Time and date: 6:30pm – 8:30pm Thursday 28th January 2016 Venue: House of Common —————————————————————————————————————————————————- LET’S TALK ABOUT REFUGEES An opportunity to share feelings, exchange stories and experiences on this topic. All views are welcome. Let’s talk about what moves us, challenges us, touches us, angers us, about what is happening right now in the world around us and nearer and nearer. And if you just want to come and listen and watch you are most welcome too. Our performance was supported by GlobalNet21. Check out what they write about us on their Meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/GlobalNet21/events/225750660/ and on their website: http://globalnet21.livejournal.com/19287.html Video report: ” Let’s talk about refugees ” London Playback Theatre in co-operation with GlobalNet 21 Thursday 27th of October 2015 7.30pm – 9.00pm at Essex Church     —————————————————————————————————————————————————- A performance in aid of the British Red Cross supporting Nepal.

What is Community? A performance in aid of Red Cross supporting Nepal.
What does ‘community’ mean to you? What’s your experience of communities? Do you belong to one? Do you engage with local communities? Or reach out to international ones? Are you raising awareness and/or funds for other causes you care deeply about?
Come share your stories with others and watch them transform into theatre through improvised acting and music. This is not a performance for the passive audience member, because whether you are sharing or listening, you will be part of instant theatre making!
Thursday 11th June 2015 7.30pm – 9.00pm Essex Church

—————————————————————————————————————————————————- SUMMERTIME and the living is easy…? Midsummer madness? Midsummer blues? Tune in!!! London Playback Theatre invites you to reflect and enjoy spontaneous theatre made from your stories around summer wibe.

Thursday, 2015  July 16th
7.30pm – 9.00pm
Clean Break Theatre

For Mel
London Playback Theatre gathers family, friends, and colleagues of Melissa Leigh, to remember, honour and celebrate the life of our dear departed company member.

Thursday, April 30th 7.00pm – 9.00pm Essex Church


Love and Stuff

London Playback Theatre performs Love Stories and Funny Valentines. A night to share true stories, to turn them into theatre, and to talk about love and stuff, over a nice warm cup of tea. Quite an intimist event, but a reservation will ensure you a place there! Thursday, February 12th2015 7:00 – 8:30pm Clean Break   —————————————————————————————————————————————————-

Playback Theatre performs at Clean Break
Open playback theatre performance, at Clean Break.

Thursday, November 13th 2014 7:30 – 8:30pm Clean Break —————————————————————————————————————————————————-

A mind full of memories
A taste of Playback Theatre in an event hosted by the Naked Scientists. “A mind full of memories” is part of the programe of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas (20 October – 2 November 2014). Wednesday, October 22nd 2014 7:00 – 8:30pm Downing College – The Howard Theatre Watch the video here: A Mind Full of Memories – Cambridge Festival of Ideas – The Naked Scientists


The Playback Theatre ritual serves the Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2014, with London Playback Theatre’s impulse to perform “EVERYDAY LIFE – CREATIVITY – OUR STORIES”.
Thursday, June 5th   2014 8:30 – 9:30pm Clean Break

For more information on the London Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2014 (June 2-11) visit www.creativityandwellbeing.org.uk.


Mental Health Awareness Week (closed performance)

London Playback Theatre performs at Clean Break, to help co-create, mark and celebrate the Mental Health Awareness Week 2014. Wednesday, May14th 2014 6:30 / 7:30pm Clean Break For more information on the Mental Health Awareness Week 2014 (May 12-18) visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk . —————————————————————————————————————————————————-

Celebrating Bromley Women – International Women’s Day Women-Only Performance Open invitation from Community Links Bromley to local women who work in community projects or on social justice issues, to come and exchange their experiences of what it is like living and working in Bromley. It will be quite an informal event, where everyone will bring something to share – stories, nourishment, empathy, awareness and inspiration. Friday, March 7th 2014 5:00 – 7:30pm Community House (Central Bromley) For more information on the whole event see “Local Events” at www.communitylinksbromley.org.uk . ——————————————————————————————————— BOOK LAUNCH London Playback Theatre is delighted to perform at the book launch of “Creative Supervision Across Modalities”, edited by Anna Chesner, a dear associate member and and co-founder of our company, and by Lia Zografou.  Friday, February 28th 2014 7pm Kids Company ———————————————————————————————————

Festive Artfordable Fair Joint performance in Art Fair by London Playback Theatre and True Heart Theatre, in colaboration with Hungarian graphic artist Dénes Maróti. Saturday, December 7th 6pm 13 The Gallery For more information on the Festive Artfordable Fair (December 7th and 8th) visit http://www.13thegallery.com/index.php/events

——————————————————————————————————— NARRATIVE PRACTITIONERS FORUM London Playback Theatre performs in a Narrative Practitioners Forum event, integrated in the World Week for Peace in Palestine-Israel. Tuesday, September 24th 2013 5.30 – 8.15 pm The London Inter Faith Centre An invitation to those who use personal narrative and story in their work to share best practice and learn from each other.  Organised by: St Ethelburga’s Contact: 07989 545 958 | justine@stethelburgas.org ———————————————————————————————————

The Night of The Hollow Tortoise Playback Theatre on the Myth of Orpheus, in a night full of Music, Poetry, Music and Visual Arts, to promote the book The Hollow Tortoise. Thursday, January 10th 8.00pm The Slaughtered Lamb ——————————————————————————————————— SCHOOL DAYS Funded by the Bermondsey Square Community Fund, this Playback Theatre programme includes a taster workshop and a performance at The Class Rooms, a venue which maintains original features as a Victorian School building, and will not only welcome, but truly resonate with your own School Days’ stories. Sunday, December 9th 4.00pm – 6.30pm The Class Rooms Come and share the joys and tears, the dreams and disappointments, the growth, the friendships, the School-life story you’d like to have played back for you, and allow your sense of community to be nourished by this unique experience. You’ll be able to do a 30-minute Playback Theatre workshop, revisit your School memories over a tea-break and then enjoy a Playback Theatre performance by the London Playback Theatre Company. ——————————————————————————————————— ART AND HEALING A multi-arts fundraising event in support of the children of Fukushima, Japan. With visual artist Oi Nuen Sprunt, dancer/performer Rebecca Woodford-Smith, musician Charles Matthews and London Playback Theatre. Sunday, 28 October 3.00-6.00 pm New Diorama Theatre In this cross-disciplinary collaboration, the artists respond to ‘damage and healing’, as expressed through the ShoutCry Room installation by Oi Nuen Sprunt. The event will commence with a viewing of the ShoutCry Room installation and a solo dance performance by Rebecca Woodford-Smith, accompanied by original electroacoustic gamelan music from Charles Matthews. After an interval where tea and cakes will be served, London Playback Theatre will perform, with the artwork and its theme as inspiration for an improvisational performance of storytelling theatre. Wine and nibbles will conclude the evening.   The funding raised by this event will go towards travel costs for Playback AZ to take their work to the children of Fukushima. Each journey costs about ¥80,000. About the project in Japan: Established in 1994 to perform and promote Playback Theatre in Japan, Playback AZ has accumulated experience and developed a high reputation for excellent work over the years, performing regularly in a variety of contexts. With performances across Japan in theatres, community & educational settings, Playback AZ has touched on a variety of social & health care issues, including parenting support, gender equality and diversity. More recently their work has focussed on the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster relief. ——————————————————————————————————— Thursday, September 13th 7.00pm – 9.00pm Essex Church London Playback Theatre performs as part of THE FORGIVENESS PROJECT a week-long exhibition and programme of events, from 9 to 16 September 2012. The theme of this performance will be forgiveness and it will also feature artwork by Heidi Ferid. http://www.kensington-unitarians.org.uk/tfp.html PROGRAMME: – 2:00pm - 5:00pm: Introducing Playback Theatre – a Workshop, with Veronica Needa. – 7:00pm - 9:00pm: Playback Theatre performance on “Forgiveness”, by London Playback Theatre. ——————————————————————————————————— WE ARE THE HEROES AND HEROINES OF OUR GENERATION A talk, performance by London Playback Theatre and buffet to raise funds for a young street theatre group from Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Sunday, June 10th 4.30pm – 7.30pm London Bridge Business Academy “We are the Heroes and Heroines of our Generation” will be an evening of stories exploring what it means to be together and what it means to be alone. How exactly, do we experience community in our lives? London Playback Theatre really hopes you can make it to this event to help support this amazing group of young people who are doing such great work in their community in Sri Lanka and to share your own stories too. ——————————————————————————————————— WORLD PLAYBACK WEEK 2012 Tuesday 15 May 7.30 pm New Diorama Theatre London Playback Theatre Company’s next performance is part of World Playback Week 2012. From Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20 May at the New Diorama Theatre, London’s diverse audiences as well as visitors to London in this our Olympic year, will be able to experience a week of Playback Theatre with groups from France, Italy, Hungary, Norway, Greece, alongside UK-based ensembles. London Playback Theatre’s performance will be the first! Improvisational theatre ensembles performing in many languages. ——————————————————————————————————— Big Sunday – a mini festival of Playback Theatre Sunday 20 November 2011 New Diorama Theatre, London Featuring Playback companies True Heart Theatre, Playback South and Hudson River Playback Theatre (USA) London Playback is running a taster workshop from 11-1.00pm. All welcome. ——————————————————————————————————— Behind the scenes: stories of an exhibition A SELL OUT SHOW! 6.30pm Monday 17 October 2011 Blue Room, Spirit Level Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre London SE1 8XX Each year the Koestler Trust and the Southbank Centre put on a major exhibition of art by offenders, secure patients and detainees. London Playback are delighted to be performing at this year’s exhibition. The audience will include artists, visitors and the magistrates who co-curated the show. Come along and join in! We’ll be creating magical theatre from your responses to the art, so leave time to look around beforehand. Art by Offenders exhibition 22 September to 20 November 2011 Spirit Level Admission free

Many changes surround us and potentially impact our lives.
We offer a convivial space to feel our humanity as we face the shifting tides.


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