We are a Playback Company based in South East England specialising in celebrating peoples' stories through spontaneous theatre. Deeply embedded in the traditional roots of community story telling, Playback is improvisational theatre at its very best. The audience provides the material and watches it re-created instantly by the actors in front of them.
There are no scripts, no props and no time for rehearsal! But we will guarantee you moments of high energy and laughter and also magical moments of gentleness and self-awareness.
The Company thrives on the strength generated by the close working relationships, generosity of spirit and mutual respect of its members. The members constantly reflect on their work within the group. They evaluate their development together to enhance their personal effectiveness and that of the Company as a whole.
Random Acts has evolved from the work of the New York director and psychodramatist Jonathan Fox. The Company, formed in 1998, is part of the International Playback Network, an association of Playback performers and trainers.
Tig is the founder and Artistic Director of Random Acts. She was previously a director of the original London company for four years. Tig works especially with people in the fields of education and health-care. Much of her work is with teenagers involved in gang culture in London's East End. She is passionate about encouraging environments where people can grow and develop as individuals, through the power of fun, creativity and laughter.
Cherie has worked with the company since it began in 1998. Cherie has particularly enjoyed devising shows with Random Acts and she is excited by the Immersive Theatre projects the company have been creating. Cherie has a background in Professional and Therapeutic Theatre. Cherie works in Education and Mental Health and she specialises in using Drama to promote emotional well being in young people.
Danielle teaches children and young adults with Autism and Aspergers. She has been actively interested in the arts from a young age and teaches dance and drama on a freelance basis. A sense of 'there must be more than jazz hands' led Danielle to study a Masters in Applied Theatre, where she was first introduced to the concept of Playback Theatre. Her first experience of Playback was at a Random Acts performance a year later. She joined the company in 2012 and is thrilled to be performing in such an inspiring form.
Sandra first encountered Random Acts Theatre Company when she came as an audience member and sat in the back of four different cars to watch ‘This Time Tomorrow’ in 2012. Impressed by the unique concept, she was quite keen to sit in one of the front seats. And she subsequently performed in ‘This Time Next Year’ in the front seat of a car in 2013. She has worked as a performer in both the UK and abroad in various theatre companies. She has an MA in Theatre and International Development and went on to work at Chichester Festival Theatre where her particular focus was refugees and intercultural work. She has spent time in West Bengal using theatre to explore local village issues. She loves storytelling and the company has given her the opportunity to share stories in a new way.
Richard joined the company when it began in 1998. He has worked in various London prisons, helping inmates develop their living and thinking skills. He also lectured in IT. He first saw Playback over twenty years ago, since when he has enjoyed many performances both as an audience member and performer. He is now the regular musician for Random Acts.