The Playback Theater embodies the narrated experience with various artistic elements. Thanks to this, we can find the meanings of our stories literally "played back" by theater. It's like putting on glasses with different filters. It mixes the possibilities of storytelling and theatrical expression, at the same time it teaches to listen actively. It connects individuals in a group, so creates a dialogue. Playback Theatre is used worldwide in the areas of education, personal growth, activism, recovery. It brings the narrated individual stories of the audience to the stage and then lets the actors improvise so they reflect the story of the narrator. By playing metaphor of the emotional line of the story, the audience can see themselves in one other's story.
In the Czech Republic you could have found texts about Playback Theater in the book by Milan Valenta: Dramatherapy (2007, GRADA) or in master thesis by Karel Kočner (2011, DAMU Prague). In its complete form it arrived to Brno in May 2010, when Veronika Nýdrlová went for the Core Training to the School of Playback Theater UK. The first performance took place in December at the Moravian Gallery in Brno. The students of the Department of Social Education (Faculty of Education, Masaryk University) were the playback ensemble. Four years later, the university course called Playback Theater was established under this Department.
The graduates of this course in year 2014 formed a group that is still active till these days. It is called Na-po-jen-i (the name paraphrases the word "connected").
Thanks to the Faculty of Education MU, many workshops were held in Brno with foreign lecturers such as Aniko Kaposvari (Vienna), Simon Floodgate (London), Aviva Apel-Rosental (Tel Aviv) or Marius den Otter (Amsterdam).
Currently, part of the playback activities take place in the therapeutic hub Zázemí, which supports us mentally and spatially.
The playback group Na-po-jen-i is happy to perform either just for friends, but also for specific groups who contact us with their special goals.