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.

The Heart of Dramatherapy

The heart of dramatherapy

All the exercises described and discussed in the previous two chapters are applications of dramatherapy to a purpose. Many or all of these exercises and techniques are widely used in the training of actors as well as by dramatherapists. Also, they have a role in what may be called remedial drama (that is, the use of theatre and theatre skills as a ‘corrective agent’, see, for example, Thompson, 1998). In both drama training and remedial drama (and other applications) the theatre and theatre skills exercises previously described may have a therapeutic effect for those who experience them but, as indicated in the opening chapter of this book, dramatherapy has ‘therapy’ as its core objective. Dramatherapy is more than ...

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