This book is a concise introduction to the background, theory, and practice of a method of therapy which uses the dramatic process to help people during times of stress, emotional upheaval, illness or disability. Illustrated throughout with vivid examples from dramatherapy sessions, An Introduction to Dramatherapy shows how drama can be used in an intentional and directional way to achieve constructive change with individuals or groups. In particular, the book highlights the power of drama as a therapeutic medium because of its foundations in metaphor, power which can be harnessed through the use of techniques such as role play, enactment, story-telling and the use of puppets and masks.

Theory into Practice

Theory into practice

Play is the basis of dramatic activity; in it one willingly enters a state of make-believe. In doing so, one enters a reality for the moment of the existence of the play, creating a tension between make-believe and truth. The capacity to play is a natural feature of childhood and is described in detail in the book on playtherapy, by Di Gammage, to be published later in this series. Play may be understood as characterised in three developmental stages. At first children's play is exploratory, using senses, voice and movement. It is then extended to involve objects which later become the focus for the projection of personalities or special features. This is symbolic play which paves the way for rituals ...

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