Art Alert: Playback theatre night at Cairo’s Dawar

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Jan 2018

Playback theatre is an improvisational means of theatre that is a channel for both entertainment and community building

Playback theatre at Dawar (Photo: part of promotional material for Dawar)

Dawar will host an evening of playback theatre, by the Dawar Playback Theatre Troupe, 15 January.

Playback theatre is an improvisational, interactive form of theatre based on real stories and personal anecdotes provided by the audience at the event.

The troupe’s actors and musicians transform the stories on the spot into a theatrical performance, honoring the teller’s original experience.

According to the event's description, playback theatre is widely used as a means of promoting dialogue and community building. "At the heart of playback is a deep appreciation for the role of personal story in building connections between people and cultures."

Dawar is a cultural centre that aims to foster community cohesion, civic engagement and dialogue through arts, creativity and critical thinking.

With its network of local and international practitioners, including artists, educators, psychotherapists and health workers, Dawar is a space for participatory theatre and psychodrama, workshops, and professional training programmes in psychodrama, applied theatre, psychotherapy and the performing arts.

Dawar also regularly hosts artistic events including film screenings and music concerts.

Booking in advance is recommended as places are limited. The playback theatre event is not suitable for children below 12 years.

Monday, 15 January, 7.30pm, events stars at 8pm
Dawar, 13 Adly Street, 3rd Floor, Downtown Cairo

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