Director Brad Leitch is excited to present the documentary, Theatre of Neighbours, a film about the work and stories of Winnipeg’s Red Threads of Peace Playback Theatre troupe. In this film we follow a group of actors who listen to the stories of their audience and perform them back live on the spot. While practicing and developing skills in acting and listening in order to honour another person’s real life story, the troupe come face to face with their own stories including difficult experiences of loss, fear, and loneliness.
This dedicated group of neighbours take part in a unique form of improv that has been described not only as powerful art but a type of theatre that is therapeutic for actors and audience alike. By connecting and performing the stories of others they are brought closer to their own experiences and because of that encounter all kinds of opportunities and life lessons.
This modest film production presents an unassuming but remarkable story of the power of human connection through local storytelling and theatre and reveals the art of what it takes to deeply see, hear and play back the stories of others.
Red Threads of Peace Playback Theatre (Winnipeg)
Sheila Donio Workshops
Centre for Playback Theatre
International Playback Theatre Network