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What is Playback Theatre?

Playback Theatre is a unique form of interactive theatre enabling audiences to tell their stories.


Playback Theatre is a safe way of exploring internal thought processes and using the arts to express and communicate.


People from the audience are invited to share moments from their lives.


They then see them being brought to life as the company immediately recreates the essence of their story using voice, movement, dance, music and song.


What we are doing...


Breathing Fire was pleased to be involved with the University of Bristol Complaints Choir Project. 

We worked with the participants of the Complaints Choir for four consecutive weeks to help them establish their confidence, trust in one and another, learn drama skills in express themselves through their bodies and to get in touch with their thoughts and feelings. This was linked to them not always feeling heard, seen, valued by the university with regards to having a disability and / or other access needs. The workshops drew out some key issues around lack of access for equalities communities in some areas of University life.


This work fed into a song that was written by Emma Smallwood which captured what the members wanted to say and how important it was for them to be heard. The song highlighted these challenges and was performed at the Brigstow Project showcase event on 23 October 2017.


We really appreciated being part of such a great project and seeing the choir sing and perform their first piece. We are honoured that this project was undertaken in memory of the late Sue Porter who worked at the university and was a committed champion of equality and diversity. The concept of the Complaints Choir came from Sue and this work is in remembrance of her and the need to get “your voice heard” – a value that resonates with Breathing Fire’s ethos. The video can be seen here.



We have also been featured on the Students' Union website where we took part in a poetry slam.



At a recent performance themed 'Connecting with our Ancestors' Breathing Fire and our audience came together to remember past and present loved ones. This was a very special time. The proceeds of this performance and donations given totalled £210, which will be given to families directly affected by the recent mudslide and floods that devastated a region in Freetown, Sierra Leone. We give a Big Thankyou for all who supported this event and this appeal.

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