Introduction to Dramatherapy: Theatre and Healing - Ariadne's Ball of Thread

Introduction to Dramatherapy: Theatre and Healing - Ariadne's Ball of Thread

By: Sue Jennings (author), David Fontana (foreword_author)Paperback

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Dramatherapy is now well-established and widely used in a variety of settings with diverse groups of people. In this book, Sue Jennings presents a 'healing theatre' approach to dramatherapy, showing how it is part of our total cultural experience of theatre art, and how it can be used to find a bearable means of facing the beast at the heart of the labyrinth. Challenging received views from psychology and psychotherapy on the theoretical base of dramatherapy, she argues that the dramatic development of the individual is a primary developmental process, which is influential from conception and is shaped by cultural context. She maintains that by participating in drama and theatre as well as exploring our 'dramatic' past, a new pathway to self-knowledge and fulfilment is opened as a viable alternative to conventional practice. Illustrated with many examples, the book also includes exercises and questionnaires which can be used in practice, with students, or for self-study, illuminating the relationship between theatre and healing, and the theatrical basis of dramatherapy.

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Sue Jennings, PhD has been performing in the professional theatre ever since her first stage appearance at the age of four. She has written and edited over a dozen books on dramatherapy, as well as establishing major training programmes in the UK, Israel and Greece. She has practised dramatherapy in a wide variety of contexts including programmes at Broadmoor Hospital. Currently she is Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster, and teaches in the USA and Israel.


Introduction: The Story of Ariadne. 1. Why Drama and Dramatherapy? 2. Understanding Your Dramatic Experience. 3. Drama at the Centre and Drama at the Margins: 'Threading Our Way Through'. 4. Processing Your Own Dramatised History: 'Untangling the Thread'. 5. Transitional Dramas: 'Threading Your Way'. 6. Your Own Dramatised Present: 'Weaving Your Own Threads'. 7. Drama Ritualisation and The Living of Life: 'The Need for Knots'. 8. Dramatherapy Core Concepts: 'The Thread Has Led Us Through the Maze'. 9. Dramatherapy in Practice: 'Who Holds the End of the Thread'. 10. My Own Personal Drama: 'Hanging by a Thread'. Appendix: Dramatherapy Questionnaire. Bibliography. Further Reading.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/12/1997
  • ISBN13: 9781853021152
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9781853021152
  • weight: 281
  • ISBN10: 1853021156

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