Theatre of Witness is a form of testimonial performance and documentary films performed by people sharing their personal and collective stories of suffering, transformation and peace. Developed more than thirty years ago by Artistic Director Teya Sepinuck, the work brings people together across divides of difference to bear witness to each other’s life experiences. Performers who have survived trauma, marginalisation, oppression, and the complexity of the human experience, address some of society’s most challenging issues from a multiplicity of perspectives.
The performances weave the performers’ stories together with music, spoken word, visual imagery and film into dynamic theatre that humanises the ’other’ and cultivates compassion and empathy. The result is authentic, raw and powerful theatre that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit.