1. Keeping everyone in the group informed about what others were doing (especially where a group has split into smaller units during an activity).
2. Informing others outside the group about a group event (or possibly just to update the trainer following an independent exercise).
3. Reconstructing a distant or complex event (to help people recall and relive the facts and feelings of an event).
When the sub groups of a larger group need to share some part of the work they have done while away from the larger groups.
- For each larger sub-group sharing their activity, divide them into two groups.
- One group takes the roles (people, objects, places, etc.) and re-enacts what happened or a scene from different angles.
- The other team members narrate the story of the event or clarify why it happened, how it happened, what the outcomes were and the conclusion.
- Lead a discussion about the event.
Usual or Expected Outcomes: Shared understanding of group activities.
Source: Roger Greenway
Derived from: An earlier version of this article appeared in Bulletin, Group Relations Training Association, (1983). This version was revised in 1996 as a handout for reviewing skills training. It includes references to material that now appears in 'Playback: A Guide to Reviewing Activities' (1993), published by the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in association with Endeavour Scotland, and written by Roger Greenaway.