From the Editor Welcome to this rich issue of Interplay that engages with developments in adult education and playback theatre approaches with
young audiences. The opening article, in this issue is by esteemed European practitioner, Daniel Feldhendler. Daniel sketches a
picture of contemporary education in which theatre and other story telling methods are central for building the future. Proposing a
model for Education For the Future, the article recounts a number of significant recent gatherings in which educators, artists, and
practitioners within Germany, Europe and from across the world debate, discuss, and promote personal stories for social and edu-
Alongside this, this issue presents perspectives on playback theatre approaches with young audiences. As part of school pro-
grams, within the social context, and integrated into group therapy, the papers consider the value of telling, listening, acting oth-
ers’ stories, being audience or witness, and stepping aside to enable the expression of natural and appropriate leadership within
this demographic. In the piece by Kathleen Olivier, we follow and extend the dialogue on Playback and Therapy covered in the
previous issue (Dec, 2013). Her paper, Playback Theatre with Young People in a Psychiatric Centre, looks particularly at the val-
ue of playback for managing emotional distance, building resilience, and supporting one another as they explore their lives and
express their responses in various ways. Papers from Anastasya Vorobyova and Timothy Reagan consider playback theatre with
young audiences and discuss the way in which the young performers and tellers alike initiate the
continuation of their involvement with playback and in sharing it with others.
Drilling down into playback practice and learning Bako Tihamer documents his recent work in de-
signing and delivering playback theatre training specifically aimed at emerging conductors, while
in an extension of his thinking about playback theatre and the actor, Assael Romanelli’s latest
work interrogates intimacy, sexuality and eroticism as potential concepts for understanding Play-
back Theatre acting. Meanwhile Ana Mª Fernández Espinosa piece reports on the networking
event in Spain and Brian Tasker introduces his work on integrating Playback Theatre within recov-
ery workshops for people overcoming addictions.
There is news from the Board, who are seeking a New Treasurer, and an update from the Montre-
al team who are preparing to welcome guests at the 2015 Conference in July.
Finally, I wish to bid you goodbye. This is my final edition of Interplay as I step aside for a new
Editor. I wish to particularly thank Magda Miranda for her work on design and distribution, and
myriad other small things; those who have supported me as translators including, but not limited
to: Hikari, Janet Salas, Michele Chang, Ramiro Salas, Sheila Donio; thanks also to Amanda
Brown, Sarah Urech, Jonathan and Jo, the many and varied authors who have taken the time and
invested in reflecting and sharing their practice for publication, and you, the reader for comments,
good wishes and your constancy across the 8 years. I wish the incoming editor all the best,
Rea Continue to submit your responses, comments, and reflections for inclusion.
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