"The effect from the four people on the stage was amazing – funny, sad, despairing, baffling, miniscule but overwhelming. The way these actors re-enacted the emotions and the essence of the story in just a few minutes was uncanny in its clarity and brought huge applause.
It was a really moving and humbling experience. One I felt privileged to have attended. Thought provoking, emotive and very carefully and respectfully thought out and put together."
Review by The Basement Project, of ThreadBear Theatre at the Pushing Up The Daisies Festival, Todmorden.
Audience Feedback from our show at the LitFest (Huddersfield)
"Absolutely amazing, blown away. Really enjoyed the evening."
"Really great- Thanks."
"Have never seen this type of thing before- loved it- music too."
"loved it thankyou. loved having a chance to laugh:-)"
"very moving thankyou."
"lovely. Great fun thankyou."
"I had a great time. Thanks for your work." Eleanor x
"Absolutely loved it... I had tears in my eyes with laughter. Thankyou:-)" Franny mac x
"Really lovely and heartwarming. Felt safe. Great heart..."
"Very clever, entertaining, creative, perfect, loved it, will come again."
"Absolutely brilliant. Please come back again and again and again."
"Some magical moments. Great performing." Tim
"I think MonkeyHeads and St.Georges church had a baby and called it Playback Theatre. Loved it. Thanks."
"Ancient storytelling, we shared space and trauma in others' stories. These moments of hilarity and dire physical wretchedness are now imprinted into the audience's psyche."
"Trauma(tised). A powerful form to be used respectingly, and I'm delighted to have felt that it was." Claire Robertson-Dwyer, www.blueleadprojects.com
My experience of ThreadBear Theatre by Mim Goldstein.
The experience of having my current issue/problem in my life re-enacted by playback theatre was very powerful. It gave me a new perspective on my life as I became an observer or outsider looking in. It helped me to see things more clearly.
It was also very emotional. I helped me to have compassion for myself and a new appreciation of how hard things really were and how well I was coping. I cried for days afterwards and this was good. It did not make the problem go away but it did lead to new thinking and decision making.
Soon afterwards I wrote an article about what I had been going through. This was possible because I had seen the problem from the outside. This article is going to be published in a magazine and is my first piece of published work.
I have been going through an intense period of change. Having my story played back has been part of this and part of helping me make some radical changes in my life that have been important for me to do.