Playback Theatre - stories of endings and beginnings

by Julia Gotz March. 02, 2008 10887 views

The conductor of the theatre holds a conversation with the audience, and brings out stories that need to be told. Without discussion or rehearsal of any kind, creative and talented actors enact the experiences and stories that have been shared. They are right on the edge of the unknown, and they find their way, time after time.

The next regular performance of toronto playback theatre will be Saturday, April 5, 2008, Stories of Creatures Great and Small. There will also be a performance following a play on March 19. See the playback website [] for all the details.

as for me, I've posted a lot in the past few days, and will probably have to take a break for other efforts this week, so please go back and take a look at the dance photos [] from earlier this week.

afraid of what he might see

two actors portray a single person's mixed experience

“great to see you”/you make me sick

time is ticking on that RRSP deadline

it's a small nest egg

quitting smoking - short vignettes warm up the audience

when a longer story is told, the teller chooses an actor to play herself.

Lisa's improvised playing and singing brings out the heart of the stories.

A story of leaving her homeland, and discovering that the new country has become home.

a story that ends with a wedding - a GREEK wedding

death waits

cancer in remission - living on the edge of the cliff

hey look - two seats. where were you?

Brian's last night at the Ralph Thornton Centre. He's been here with Toronto Playback Theatre since it began 5 years ago.

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Cathrine 9 years, 6 months ago

I love the two players playing mixed emotions of a single person, nice shots.

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Mariana 9 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful....ooooh maybe one day I'll be able to go [bububu]

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Rebecca Cipolla 9 years, 7 months ago

Wow, I wish I could have been there. I googled playback theatre to see if I could find a place here in Atlanta, but no luck.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Kim 9 years, 7 months ago

Looked like a lot of fun--great black and white shots. You really captured the emotion.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Alexandra Pechabaden 9 years, 7 months ago

Very vibrant pictures!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Abe Jackson 9 years, 7 months ago

You made me feel like I was there.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Nayah Nayah 9 years, 7 months ago

Love their expressions!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jeff Hubbard 9 years, 7 months ago

All that looked great fun. #2, and Death waits are faves. ?:o)

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Marco Stefano Vitiello 9 years, 7 months ago

great reportage!!!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Daniel 9 years, 7 months ago

Black & White ....good choice!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited