Blurring the lines: dramatherapy, playing and reality

price, Katie (2016) Blurring the lines: dramatherapy, playing and reality. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation explores the role of play within Dramatherapy, specifically looking at how Dramatherapy sessions blur the lines of reality. By doing this, this investigation explores why the blurring of reality is necessary and how this facilitates a positive change in behaviour. The initial research outlines the emergence of Dramatherapy, detailing key figures and events which added to its development as a separate discipline. This research also makes links to the developments in the study of play, noting how the key figures in the development of Dramatherapy primarily had their thinking rooted in the study of play. This investigation is concerned with two practises; The Sesame Approach and Imagining Autism, both of these practices are informed by different methodologies and both incorporate different theatrical forms, puppetry and role playing. The Sesame approach is based on Jungian theory of archetypes and Imagining Autism is built on the framework of Winnicott's theories of playing and reality. Winnicotian theory of playing and reality is referred to throughout this investigation in order to evidence the necessity of blurring the lines of reality in order for Dramatherapy to be successful in facilitating change. Research into key figures in the field of Dramatherapy such as Phil Jones and Richard Courtney offer comment on the relationship between Dramatherapy and play. This study aims to enlighten the reader of this positive and exciting approach to therapy, demonstrating the different dramatic forms it can take on and how this demonstrates the therapeutic benefits of play.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 14:14
    Last Modified: 18 Nov 2016 14:14

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