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Reminiscence Theatre

Reminiscence Theatre

Making Theatre from Memories

Pam Schweitzer
Foreword by Glenda Jackson MP

Paperback: £19.99 / $36.95

2006, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 314pp
ISBN: 978-1-84310-430-8, BIC 2: MQTC AN

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Reminiscence theatre is about seeing and realising the dramatic potential in real life stories. It takes verbatim memories as the basis for theatre scripts, using the experiences of older people as a source of artistic productions and therapeutic creativity.

This book is a comprehensive guide to the nature, practice and therapeutic effects of reminiscence theatre. Drawing on examples from a range of real-life case studies, Pam Schweitzer provides practical advice on the process of taking an oral history, creating from it a written script and developing that into a dramatic production, on whatever scale.

The book outlines five components of key significance that the form affords: artistic development through creating original productions; cultural development, by creating reminiscence theatre in multi-cultural contexts, including dual-language productions; educational development through the intergenerational sharing and enactment of memories; psycho-social development for older people by reliving and reshaping past experiences; and health care, by using improvised reminiscence drama therapeutically with people with dementia and their carers.

This book will be of great interest to theatre workers, social work professionals and carers of older people, arts therapy practitioners and students in these fields.

Blog posts

Reminiscence in Dementia Care – An Extract from ‘Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today’.

22 May 2013

This week is Dementia Awareness Week in the UK, so we thought it would be the perfect time to share an extract from one of our classic books on using reminiscence to improve the quality of life for people with dementia. This excerpt has been taken from the book Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today  by Pam Schweitzer and...

JKP authors abound at the 5th UK Dementia Congress

18 November 2010

Last week, JKP attended the 5th UK Dementia Congress in Bournemouth. As the largest dementia-focused annual event in the UK, the congress offered an exciting mix of plenary sessions, lively workshops and debate, as well as plenty of opportunities for networking. JKP authors were out in force, with Jackie Pool, Diana Kerr, Pam Schweitzer and...

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