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 Ritual Theatre

Ritual Theatre

The Power of Dramatic Ritual in Personal Development Groups and Clinical Practice

Edited by Claire Schrader

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This book considers the relevance of ritual theatre in contemporary life and describes how it is being used as a highly cathartic therapeutic process. With contributions from leading experts in the field of dramatherapy, the book brings together a broad spectrum of approaches to ritual theatre as a healing system.
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Paperback / softback
2011, 9.21in x 6.14in / 234mm x 156mm, 336pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-138-5
$39.95
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2011, ePUB, 336pp
ISBN: 978-0-85700-334-8
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Description

Ritual theatre is a powerful healing system that has been practised since ancient times by early societies and in tribal communities. It has the ability to effect deep transformation in its participants, support growth and development, and resolve personal issues.

This book considers the relevance of ritual theatre in contemporary life and describes how it is being used as a highly cathartic therapeutic process. With contributions from leading experts in the field of dramatherapy, the book brings together a broad spectrum of approaches to ritual theatre as a healing system. It explores the anthropological and tribal roots of dramatic ritual and proposes that ritual theatre finds its most potent expression in personal development work. The practical application of ritual theatre in various clinical settings is discussed and the final chapters explore the possibilities of ritual theatre as performance.

Offering a comprehensive discourse on the theory, application and potential of ritual theatre, this book will be an essential text for all students and practitioners of dramatherapy, arts therapists, psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and theatre professionals.

Reviews

'Claire Schrader has brought together a group of authors who are passionate about ritual theatre. Their chapters are both a source of inspiration and a challenge to our normal ways of thinking and being, inviting us into deeper levels of consciousness that invoke collective wisdom.'
- Robin Shohet, tutor at the Centre for Supervision and Team Development, UK, and editor of Passionate Supervision and Supervision as Transformation

'Claire Schrader's new book on the healing aspects of ritual theatre fulfils Joseph Campbell's vision of a remythologized world, one in which we would be, as he loved to quote Cezanne, more 'in accord with nature.' This book is alternately informative, exhilarating, scholarly, and soulful. If widely read, its insights into the psychodynamics of drama will help illuminate the sacred in our personal and collective lives.'
- Phil Cousineau, author of The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on his Life and Work, Wordcatcher, and The Art of Pilgrimage

'The book contains deeply honest, searching accounts by experienced theatre practitioners and dramatherapists about the creative transformation of heartbreaking, emotional darkness into life-giving energy for individuals and groups. It is a moving and very timely resource for professionals and students who care about healing, conflict-resolution, spirituality and development.'
- Dr. Alida Gersie, consultant in resilience and loss and author of Storymaking in Bereavement and Reflections on Therapeutic Storymaking

'This book casts light from a variety of angles onto the basic idea, strong in nearly all of us, that theatre has some important connections with healing. Whether they come to it through catharsis, or the anthropology of ritual, or dramatic practice, all the contributors share the belief that it is good for people to enact myths, and that this initiation will open up beneficial self-discoveries.'
- Prof. Oliver Taplin, Emeritus Fellow in Classics, Magdalen College, and co-director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford, UK