POSTPONED: Creativity and change Masterclass Programme 2020 - Event 4:Playback Theatre Back to events list

Date: May 16th, 2020 at 09:30 to May 17th, 2020 at 17:00
Venue: CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, 46 Grand Parade, Cork

This Workshop has been postponed in line with current Government advice. If you have purchased a ticket, you will be contacted. For more information, please contact:



Creativity and change Masterclass Programme 2020

Creativity and Change masterclasses are an opportunity for inspirational, intensive and in depth engagement over two days. Delivered by facilitators with specific expertise and experience, the programme is designed around the identified gaps and expressed interests of practitioners. Each masterclass is a deep dive into a specific method that can be used to explore change-making, global citizenship and social justice.All the trainings take place at the weekends and in various locations in Cork City. General enquiries can be made to

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 Event 4

Workshop titlePlayback Theatre

Subtitle: A creative exploration into our connections to ourselves, each other, and the earth.

Dates: May 16th & 17th

Time: 9:30-5pm

Venue: Conference room, Nano Nagle Place

Cost: €50 (The cost is subsidised by our partner Irish Aid Development Education Unit)

Trainer: Chriszine Backhouse

Closing date for registration: Friday May 15th.


Chriszine Backhouse has an MA in Dramatherapy from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She has researched how theatre can expand and strengthen connection to community and nature resulting in a deeper commitment to environmental actions. She is co-founder of Speak Out: Theatre for Transformation, a Cork-based theatre company that has been working in the area of community development since 2008.

Workshop description

This will be an experiential, theatre workshop where participants will learn the form of “Playback Theatre”. We will then use this form to explore our relationships to ourselves, each other, and the natural environment. Drawing on the field of ecopsychology, we will explore how Playback Theatre can be used to strengthen a sense of connection to nature, which is the basis for environmental action.

Playback Theatre is a form of improvisational theatre that involves deep listening, and empathy, combined with creativity. Tellers share personal stories, which are “played back” by a team of actors and musicians. This process facilitates community development through a shared meaning-making process.

Part of the workshop will take place outdoors, so come prepared with rain gear if needed.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • the basic forms of Playback theatre, which involves deeply listening to stories and “playing them back”
  • about ecopsychology, and how findings from this field can inform ways that we nurture environmental actions in ourselves and our communities
  • how to explore the relationship between Playback Theatre, connection, and environmental action
  • a range of drama based processes and tools to engage others in environmental connection and action

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