Aiming to enhance the additional capacity of theatre artists and dialogue facilitators about playback theatre under the EnActing Dialogue Project, Pro Public recently completed to organize the three different training facilitation programs on playback theatre in association with CSSP, Berlin, Germany during the month of March, 2016.
The journey of training facilitations started from Kathmandu during first week of March participating 12 national level theatre artists in the Advanced Level Training on playback Theatre facilitated by Dr. Jonathan Fox – Co-founder of Playback Theatre and International Playback Trainer. It was a great opportunity for Pro Public to have Dr. Fox as training facilitator in Nepal for this project. Dr. Fox expressed his due respect to Nepali theatre practitioners and supported to explore better hope for Playback future in the country. Dr. Fox trained the Jonathan way of playback from March 3 to 6, 2016 in Balthali – 4, Kavre and March 10 to 13, 2016 in Butwal, Rupandehi to theatre artists and dialogue facilitators from different communities, respectively. The public performance of Playback Theatre among the local dwellers of Sunwal Municipality by the trained dialogue facilitators was also held on March 13, 2016 to honor Dr. Fox and get public exposure in different community. Dr. Fox tried his best to caliber the capacity of DFs in playback conduction in their communities adding few more techniques and confidence.
Following the Conductors’ training, the project successfully organized a five-day long playback theatre camp from 16 to 20, 2016 inviting all 48 DFs from six different project communities. During the theatre camp, the advanced training to DFs was given in three different group engaging 16 DFs in each group. They were trained by Integrative Mediator from CSSP and lead theatre artists. The opening and closing of training was unique due to its theatrical characteristics. At the end of training, all the DFs were further empowered for community level performance of playback theatre which is due to start soon.