Case Study: Charity Group, Monmouthshire
for privacy purposes, all names and personal details have been excluded from this account
In Spring 2011, TARGET Drama Service ran a 12-week programme at a day centre for
adults with learning disabilities, to help its service users gain confidence. The centre
supports adults of all ages, from those with minor learning difficulties, to those with
severe autism. The drama sessions involved team-building, concentration and devising
exercises, drama games, instruments, puppets and body percussion. In the first session,
only 3 out of the 10 members of the group were confident enough to speak or join in
with the activities. By the end of the programme, every one of the participants took part
in a public drama performance entitled 'Friendship is Fab!' which included poetry,
public-speaking, rhythm work and a memorable soundscape of a storm. The group became
known as The Berkeley Players and has been working together ever since on more and
more ambitious performance projects.
“The performance was an exceptional success. Initially I was unsure what to expect; but... it felt like it had a quaint and happy atmosphere. And that was before the Berkeley players came on, flooding the hall with tears as a result of their astounding performance - a credit to them and their Director!” Audience Member
TARGET welcomes invitations for projects with charities, youth clubs/after-school clubs, adult education centres, community programmes, saturday schools and other extra-curricular social groups. If you think your group would benefit from interactive drama sessions, please contact us for more details!
Dramatherapy or Drama Support?
Dramatherapy is a highly complex field that exists in the medical profession whereby therapeutic healing is promoted through the use of dramatic exercises and activities. This is a highly specialised, clinical field, similar to the more commonly recognised Psychotherapy, that takes many years of training by individuals who are taught to balance the power of their work with the emotional and physical demands of their clients. Dramatherapy, like Music therapy and Art therapy is regularly used to help people with emotional, physical, mental and social difficulties and is a highly respected medical field.
Individuals seeking Dramatherapy assistance should be certain that their therapist is properly trained (with the relevant medical and/or educational qualifications) and registered before embarking on a personal therapy programme.
For more information, or if you think you need the services of a Dramatherapy professional, please visit the British Association of Drama Therapists (BADth).
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