DFL Playback Theatre
The DFL Playback Theatre is the only officially recognized Playback Theatre Company in Africa. Through its collaboration with playback innovator and founder, Jonathan Fox, DFL offers accredited training.
Playback Theatre uses music and improvisational theatre to transform the stories of an audience into the art of theatre. A Playback Theatre cast is made up of six members consisting of the facilitator, four actors and musician. In the course of a performance, memories, feelings and social conflicts offered by the audience are all re-enacted on the spot by the performers. DFL Playback Theatre aims to create a space where every voice and any story however ordinary or extraordinary, hidden or difficult might be heard or told.
Playback is most effective when centred around a specific theme. It can open communication around sensitive topics and bring people together as they share and witness each other's stories. It is a powerful tool to be used in dealing with communication, specific issues and building a group into a unit.
Playback can be used almost anywhere as it requires minimal props and set. Before any performance themes relevant to the community, work or event are identified and are used to frame the performance. This makes every performance unique in its content and thus different every show. DFL Playback tailor makes the themes addressed in each show to the needs of the client. A consultation is suggested before the event.
The DFL Playback Theatre Company has tackled many pressing topics such as HIV/AIDS, Racism, Diversity, and Bullying. Previous performances include:
Drama for Life – ‘Sex Actually’ Festival (2009, 2010, 2011)
Goethe Institute – Exchange Student Conference
St Mary’s - Anti Bullying Conference
The German Development Service (DED) - World Aids Day Event
Wits University - Archiving Apartheid Conference
The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLA)
Catholic Institute of Education
National Research Foundation
Wits Arts and Literature Festival
DFL Playback was initiated by DFL Alumnus Kathy Barolsky in 2008 after she spent time training in New York with Playback creator and facilitator Jonathan Fox. In 2012 DFL Playback has grown into a thriving company of 11 performers, 3 musicians and 3 facilitators who offer their services to communities, NGOs, government organisations, corporates and the general public. DFL Playback has free open performances on the last Tuesday of every month at UC17, Wits University.
Project Head of DFL Playback Theatre Company: Kathy Barolsky firstname.lastname@example.org