Playback theater is a form of improvisational theater where audience members tell stories from their lives and see them instantly re-enacted by a group of actors. Since its inception in the 1970s, Playback theater has created a place for itself within community building as a tool for raising awareness, fostering reconciliation and initiating dialogue. Its therapeutic effects were put to use by Fighters for Peace in collaboration with Laban – Live Lactic Culture, the group that introduced Playback theater to the Arab world in 2011. Former fighters shared their war stories, which were acted out by a group of actors who were specifically trained for the event. It was emotional, engaging and moving to see the stories performed on the spot, bringing the audience and the former fighters who shared their stories closer together.
We destroyed our humanity more than anything else, and we killed our souls with every soul that fell because of us.