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Title: An investigation into the space where drama education and dramatherapy meet : what does this mean in conceptual and practical terms for practitioner and participant?
Author: Holmwood, Clive
ISNI:       0000 0004 2748 6215
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2012
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The aim of this research is to explore the space between drama education and dramatherapy as practised in the UK and find a way of describing it. I begin by looking at five areas relevant to both professions: theatre and anthropology, theatre and therapy, the history of dramatherapy, drama education and story followed by an explanation of my methodology. Through two case studies I use the dramatic art form of drama to explore the spaces between these two professions in order to open up a debate around the shared spaces which exist between them. I use the same dramatic activities, exercises and materials as a starting point in two different school environments. In school ‘A’ I practised as a drama teacher; in School ‘B’ I practised as a dramatherapist. I then explore the spaces in which drama and dramatherapy exist and consider the space that exists between them through four conceptual lenses: context, discourse, art form and liminal space. This study shows that the space between the two professions is shifting and nebulous and that it is not an either/or scenario. It will also highlight the historical connections between the two professions and acknowledge that a greater dialogue is required in order for each profession to benefit from the other.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: LC Special aspects of education ; PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater