Dramatherapy helps people to work through personal and social problems. Through drama, people can explore their experiences, communicate feelings, develop confidence and build relationships.
We visited Sarah Mann Shaw, a registered dramatherapist, to see how she uses the therapeutic aspects of drama and theatre. It’s not about being a good actor. Instead, Sarah creates a safe environment where her clients feel able to experiment freely. She uses stories, mimes, movement, dance and many other methods.
Even if the drama doesn’t focus on a client’s personal problems, the process of creating it is a form of therapy. It can also be fun – and that’s helpful in itself.
Sarah talked about her role and the personal qualities dramatherapists need. You can find lots more information on the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) website.