ThreadBear Theatre are a group of theatre practitioners, performers, teachers and health professionals who have a wealth of experience in performing Playback Theatre in the UK and Ireland. We hold regular taster workshops that are open to the public to attend, and are developing a growing base of community audiences across Calderdale and Kirklees.
Playback Theatre creates a ritual space where any story - however ordinary, extraordinary, hidden or difficult - can be told and spontaneously performed as theatre. Members of the audience tell a story or moment from their lives, choose actors to play the different roles, then watch as their story is immediately recreated and given artistic shape and coherence. It is an improvised drama that honours the stories, lives and needs of the audience.
Audience members attending Playback Theatre performances are often touched emotionally by sharing a story, through the process of having their story honoured as it is played back to them. Audiences can share stories that have moved them, moments of isolation or despair, or of great joy, laughter and a sense of connection with others. Sharing stories is a human act that deepens our connections with ourselves and with each other, building respect and developing community bonds.
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