Monday, January 18, 2010

Outline of Apprentice Programme

Dear friends,

Please see below for a brief outline of our upcoming Apprentice Programme.

If you have any queries, we have a Q&A session after our Open Rehearsal on Sunday, 31st Jan. Please see previous post for more information on the Open Rehearsal. =)

Outline of Apprentice Programme


- To equip individuals who are interested in Playback Theatre (P.T.) with the core sills.
- To provide a platform for the apprentices to showcase their P.T. skills in a safe and nurturing environment.
- To provide an avenue for discussion of P.T. issues in a learning and stimulating environment.
- To create mentoring relationships for apprentices who may want to pursue their own interests in P.T. in the long run.


- Anyone with full-time/part-time work experiences
- Has a heart to serve a community
- Enjoys watching or performing the dramatic arts
- Optional: basic singing and acting skills or attended any Playback Samplers.

Date of Commencement: 21 March 2010
Duration: March to August 2010 (6 months)
Day/Time: 1 Sunday per month from 4:30PM - 8:30PM (4 hrs)
1 Open Rehearsal per month from 5PM - 7PM (2hrs)
Cost: Registration Fee $50 + Training Fees $480 = $530
To be paid in full or in 2 installments paid upfront at the start of each term.

Upon finishing the apprenticeship, the apprentice will receive a certificate outlining the total number of training hours (min. 36 hrs - max. 40 hrs) that will be accredited to formal Playback Theatre training hours as recognized by the Centre of Playback Theatre in New York. Selected apprentices may be invited to join Tapestry Playback Theatre as regular members if they are a good fit with the company.

Modules of Programme:

Session 1: Movement I & "Fluid Sculptures" & "Pairs"
Session 2: Movement II & Voicework & "Chorus"
Session 3: Improvisational Theatre & Stories I
Session 4: Stories II & The Essence of the Story
Session 5: The Conducting Experience & The Role of Music in P.T.
Session 6: The Unassigned RolE and Ethics & Taboo Stories in Playback Theatre

2 Special Projects:
Mini Project - Individual Artistic Showcase & Playback Theatre Sharing Performance

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Open Rehearsal & Apprentice Programme Q&A

Dear friends,

Tapestry Playback Theatre is back in 2010 with our first Open Rehearsal!

At our Open Rehearsals, we offer warm-ups designed to help develop the particular skills involved in our kind of improvisational theatre.

You will also have the opportunity to learn and practise elements of Playback or just be members of the audience if you like and offer us your stories.

We will also have a Question and Answer session on our upcoming Apprentice Programme.

If you are interested in this programme, or need more information, do email us at You can also discuss your concerns directly with us at the Q&A.

EVENT: Open Rehearsal & Apprentice Programme Q&A
DATE: 31st Jan, 2010 (Sunday)
Time: 5PM to 7:30PM
Cost: Free!
Place: Blk 40A, Margaret Drive, Level 2 (Room above Queenstown Food Centre)

Due to limited space, please reserve a place by emailing

Playback Theatre is a unique form of improvisational theatre that engages people to share their stories or moments from their life, and gives them an opportunity to see their stories recreated immediately on stage.

It combines the oral traditions of storytelling, the use of rituals, deep listening skills and various performing styles. Essentially, Playback Theatre uses the arts as an act of service to affirm each person’s uniqueness, and at the same time builds and strengthens our connections to each other as a community of people.