This study examines the underlying theatrical underpinning of dramatherapy, which is firmly based on an understanding of processes which are fundamentally theatrical: imagination, identification and catharsis. It approaches the subject systematically, arguing that the hidden psychological mechanisms which make theatre work are the same as those which operate in dramatherapy. In other words, the authors argue, it is the theatricality of dramatherapy which makes it healing.
Roger Grainger was a freelance Dramatherapist, Chartered Psychologist and occasional TV actor. He published widely in this area, including The Glass of Heaven for Jessica Kingsley. Mary Duggan is Senior Clinical Practitioner (Occupational Therapy) at Wakefield and Pontefract Community NHS Trust.
Introduction. 1. As If and Identification. 2. Metaphor: The Artistic Use of As If. 3. Suspending Disbelief. 4. Role. 5. Catharsis and As If. 6. Image and Archetype: Aristotle and Artaud. 7. As If and Healing. 8. Dramatherapy. 9. Drama and Change. Bibliography.