Drama Therapy Workshops in Liverpool
We provide drama therapy workshops as a medium to stimulate change in groups and individuals. Our activity is currently targeted at drug and alcohol dependency groups but with plans to expand the portfolio into other client focus areas. In addition to performing our existing plays we can also create new plays to address our particular client needs and outcomes.
The 'Mad House' is a play that developed over the last ten years through our partnership with the probation service; it is performed by a mixed cast of drama workers and clients. The Madhouse, graphically illustrates the misery caused by drug misuse in one family. This highly acclaimed production has played to many audiences over the years, including sentences’, stakeholders and members of the public.
Performance at a community venue is the final module on the programme during which the cast develop the skills, techniques and confidence to perform while reflecting on their own experiences and perspectives in a flexible, scripted framework.
A key feature of this powerful, high impact event, which has been performed over 10 times in the last 4 years, is an interactive Q&A session with cast both “in role” and at a personal level. This is a moving, evocative experience for both cast and audience in a dialogue exploring their life experiences, the messages of the play and the impact of the 6 week programme on their efforts to become drug free and improve their quality of life.
Due to this success this work, a new play is titled 'Light in Your Mind' is being developed to complement the 'Mad House'.
The Benefits of Drama
The benefits of drama are well documented, and include:
- Confidence building
- A sense of purpose
- Improved communication skills
- Learning discipline and routine
- A sense of achievement
- Improved self-esteem
- New career possibilities
- Improved social skills
- Learning consideration for others
How Can It Help?
The aim of the workshops is to enrich participants understanding of creative expression, by encouraging them to become more aware of their own potential. It provides an opportunity to explore ideas through drama, role play and creative writing. The course is voluntary, and intended as a guide to expanding participants’ knowledge of writing and communication.
How Long Is The Course?
Courses generally last for about 6 weeks, but can be as long as 6 months depending on the numbers attending, and usually culminate in a performance. It is hoped however, that an increase in referrals will lead to a more structured performance schedule than is currently possible, taking the cast into schools, prisons, youth groups, or indeed anywhere where there is an educational need.
Does It Work?
Each performance ends with a question and answers session with the cast, and is often a moving and memorable experience for all concerned as testimonies are shared, and achievements recognised and applauded.
But not all workshops are performance orientated. For those whose confidence does not run to appearing in front of an audience, there are many other elements of the workshops which can help develop creative expression. And for those who wish to participate in the performance, but not on stage, there is always help needed behind the scenes.
Drama Group Facilitators
Michelle has been involved in counselling since training as a registered general nurse in 1984. She gained her BA honours in drama in 1994, a post graduate diploma in counselling in 1996 and an MA in counselling in 1997. Michelle has experience working as an individual counsellor and also as a facilitator in group work. She has been working full time as a counsellor for the last fifteen years and has also experienced significant personal counselling to promote her own personal growth Michelle has recently completed a MA in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Sherwood Institute in Nottingham and also studied towards an M.Phil in Occupational Psychology.
Michelle is also an experienced trainer and has delivered many programmes helping other healthcare, probation and social work professionals to manage clients with drug and alcohol problems. She has also been a guest lecturer at Liverpool City Community College and St Helens Further Education College. Michelle is an Associate member of the Merseyside Psychotherapy Institute, Affiliated with Group Analysis North and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
John is a well known, experienced, local professional actor with a host of TV, Radio, Video and live theatre productions in his portfolio. John has worked with Perspective Counselling for over ten years, applying his skills, knowledge and experience in the use of drama therapy to stimulate individual and group change in the areas of alcohol and drug misuse.