The expressive release of pent up & subdued emotional traumas of the past, can be so wonderfully empowering for everyone to experience.
Immersing into detached roles of interplay, between fictional characters, can be such a help in venting & finding a ‘voice of release’ for blocked pain of the past.
Evidence Based Research:
- A case study published in Drama Therapy Review suggests that drama therapy techniques may work well in couples counseling. The couple in the case study reported positive progressions as a result of their drama therapy work.
- A study published in the official journal of the NADTA, Drama Therapy Review, found an effective treatment approach for children on the autism spectrum – drama therapy. The results showed significant improvement in social interaction as well as the reduction of autism-related externalizing behaviors such as inattention and hyperactivity.
- *”Detailed case studies demonstrate individual successes in youngsters experiencing a range of emotional difficulties and psychological needs. These studies include: conquering a fear of maths; violent behaviour transformed into educational achievement; safe expression of feelings for a sexually abused child; and where children are diagnosed with mental health disorders such as ADHD and ODD, where the benefits of dramatherapy with children and families are carefully described and evaluated, suggesting that this therapeutic discipline can achieve positive outcomes.”(Dramatherapy with Children, Young People and Schools : Enabling Creativity, Sociability, Communication and Learning. Edited by Lauraine Leigh , Edited by Professor Irvine Gersch , Edited by Ann Dix , Edited by Deborah Haythorne.)
- European Psychiatry, the official journal of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), published a study that concluded drama therapy effectively reduced symptoms of social anxiety in its participants, in 2009.
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”
― William Shakespeare,
“The stage is a magic circle where only the most real things happen, a neutral territory outside the jurisdiction of Fate where stars may be crossed with impunity. A truer and more real place does not exist in all the universe.”
― P.S. Baber,
“I want to burn with the spirit of the times. I want all servants of the stage to recognize their lofty destiny. I am disturbed at my comrades’ failure to rise above narrow caste interests which are alien to the interests of society at large. Yes, the theatre can play an enormous part in the transformation of the whole of existence.”
― Vsevolod Meyerhold
“If you were born with the ability to change someone’s perspective or emotions, never waste that gift. It is one of the most powerful gifts God can give—the ability to influence.”
― Shannon L. Alder
Evidence Based Research gathered by SAJMRM