Dates and times

Friday November 9,  midday - Monday November 12, 2pm 

The program will start with lunch on the Friday and close at lunch on the Monday. It is important that you will be available for the full program.


Just out of Katoomba in the beautiful Blue Mountains 2 hours west of Sydney. Set on acres of bushland and with a wonderful working space Karuna conference centre will be our home for the three days. It is an easy 2 hour train journey from the centre of Sydney and we will be in touch with participants close to the time to arrange to pick you up from Katoomba station.

The accommodation is basic and you will need to bring your own bedding but if you are travelling and that is difficult we will draw on local resources to assist.


As we are in the mountains it is difficult to predict the weather and it can always (even in the depths of summer) be cold. Make sure you bring something warm. Lots more details will be available closer to the event.

Group size and target group


This is the first of what is intended to be a regular series of offerings. Programs will target certain groups and as one of the goals of the school is to share experience across the region we will be aiming to have a broad cross section of companies represented at each program. 

This first program is not an introduction to Playback Theatre and assumes a good working knowledge of the basic forms. The course is designed for practitioners who are looking to deepen and develop their existing skills. It is not designed to meet the needs of the very new. When you express interest we will ask about your background in playback, what roles you have taken and what draws you to this program. 

There is a limit of 16 places on the program and we will be mindful of building a group that has levels of experience that will enable participants to work well together.

Selection of participants for this first program

The response in applications to attend this first program was overwhelming and the planning committee felt honoured, excited, inspired and, for Peter and Joh who are facilitating the program - a little nervous!

While wonderful to know there is strong interest in the school the number of applications created a difficult decision making process. Joh and Peter would have liked to have taken everyone who applied. But given a commitment to a workable group size it wasn't possible to do that. A number of factors weighed on their thinking. The planning group had decided to have as wide a representation as possible from around the region and that meant not having more than two people from the one company attending. This is how the group was formed.

The planning group want to make sure that those who applied but didn't make it onto this program that the decision does not reflect on your experience of, or ability at, Playback Theatre. That may be cold comfort, and we acknowledge it will still be disappointing. 

We hope that this first event is just the first of what will be regular Australasian School programs and look forward to working with all those who applied in the future.

If you are interested in a future school opportunity please complete the application form on this page and we will include you on a list of people that we notify first of opportunities as they are planned.

Application Process:

While initial expressions of interest have closed we will be creating a waiting list for furture programs and would love to get your EOI if you are drawn to this program. Your EOI only needs to be brief (no more than 300 words). Include your playback background, what draws you to the program and/or your purpose in attending this training.  


Full cost of the program is $900 AUD which covers accommodation, all food and tuition. It also helps provide for fee relief for those who need it.

Once accepted onto the program via your expression of interest you will be asked to pay a deposit of $300 to secure your place. The balance of payment will be due 1 month prior to the program (ie. at the beginning of October).

Why is the cost so different from the recent Hobart conference? The key difference is that numbers are strictly limited and as well as covering expenses, there are fees for the facilitators. While they are not paid anywhere near a commercial rate it is important to recognise financially the huge amount of work that goes to facilitating a program like this.

We are conscious that practitioners have very different abilities to cover this cost and that some have to add considerable travel costs. There will be the capacity to offer some fee relief of up to $225 for four participants. 


Once we have received your deposit:

  • If you need to cancel up to 8 weeks prior to the program you will receive a refund less a $50 processing fee.
  • If you need to cancel less than 8 weeks prior to the program you will receive a refund (less $50) if we can fill your place.
  • Once you have paid the balance of your payment we will only be able to offer a refund if we have a wait list and can fill the place.