WHAT IS DRAMA THERAPY?
Dramatherapy uses an indirect approach of therapy by working with clients through a metaphor. It employs different techniques from drama like role-play, story-telling, masks and puppets. It provides people the space to engage in an imaginary world with themes that might be similar to the problems they are facing and come up with solutions to help them deal with their issues in their real lives.
HOW IT WORKS?
It is easiest to be yourself when people think you’re someone else, or so the adage goes. Dramatherapy works on a similar principal where it helps clients express themselves while behind the mask of a character. The mask lends a sense of anonymity to the client, giving them the freedom to express themselves without inhibition. This often leads to a cathartic release of all the pent up emotions they had closed inside themselves.
Dramatherapy uses various techniques to help aid clients. Some of these are:
Forgive me, but what is the purpose of drama but catharsis?
Many years ago, when I was working on Broadway, I used to go to a drug rehabilitation centre on Sundays. I didn't lecture them against the perils of drug-taking; I gave them drama therapy.