A Study on the Playback Theatre, the Improvisational Theatre based on Storytelling

Storytelling을 기반으로 한 즉흥연극, 플레이백 씨어터(Playback Theatre) 연구

  • 정성희 (성균관대학교 연기예술과)
  • Received : 2017.02.13
  • Accepted : 2017.04.12
  • Published : 2017.04.28


This study analyzes and compares the meaning and the value of storytelling with characteristics of the Playback Theatre, which is an improvisational play. On one side, the Playback Theatre, invented by Jonathan Fox in 1975, is an improvisational and communication-based theatre format; and it usually brings in the storytelling of audiences and often entails no play script. On the other side, storytelling requires imagination and creativity; presupposes the sympathy between the speaker and the listener. In fact, this theatre format is utilizing the educational and healing effects of verbal cultures, group sacrificial ceremonies, and/or psychodrama; and it is contextualizing them in our modern society. The Playback Theatre provides the audiences with opportunities to share their own stories within the play itself. The actors first listen to the stories of audiences; and then make them into a play impromptu, right in front of the speaker(s) and other audiences. For this very reason, it is called a "play-back". In this process, the individuals and the community are invited to experience the educational and healing effects.


Storytelling;Story;Arts Education;Playback Theatre;Improvisational Theatre


Supported by : 한국연구재단


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