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Who are we?

Playback Theatre York began in 1991. The Company is made up of professional actors, teachers, managers and therapists who have extensive expertise in working with different groups of people in a range of settings.

Several members of the company are registered as graduates of the Leadership Programme offered by the Centre for Playback Theatre.

In 1999 Playback Theatre York hosted a major international playback conference with companies from 23 countries. We perform regularly in educational and health settings, for professional organisations and conferences We can also perform at celebrations such as farewells, birthdays or wedding parties.


Some of the organisations we have worked with

The Co Create Change Network ( Northern Group )

York St John University, Converge and Occupational Therapy Students

Partnership with General Practitioner Training providers

The Dead Good Festival York

Medical Students at Leeds University

National Citizenship Service 

NHS Staff

Please feel free to contact us to discuss bespoke events, performances or workshops for you or your organisation. 


"When we deny our stories, they define us. When we run from struggle, we are never free. So
we turn toward truth and look it in the eye. We will not be characters in our stories. Not villains, not victims, not even heroes. We are the authors of our lives. We write our own daring endings. We craft love from heartbreak, Compassion from shame, Grace from disappointment, Courage from failure." - Brene Brown


Playback is international - there are many companies performing and many places to train - here are some useful links to where you can find out more information.