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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 creativity; cultural development, by creating reminiscence theatre in multi-cultural contexts such as dual-language productions; educational development through the intergenerational sharing of memories; psycho-social development for older people by reliving and reshaping past experiences; and health care, by using reminiscence theatre as therapy for older people with dementia, for instance. This will be of great interest to social work professionals and carers of older people, arts therapy practitioners and students in these fields.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843104308
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/15/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 302,966
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Glenda Jackson MP     7
Preface     9
Introduction   Faith Gibson     11
About this Book     13
Background to the Development of Reminiscence Theatre     14
Reminiscence Theatre: Process and Product
Setting Up a Reminiscence Theatre Company     23
From Interviews to Verbatim Script     40
Developing the Practice of Verbatim Theatre     51
Reflecting a Multicultural Society     74
Dramatising Jewish and Irish Elders' Memories     94
A Sense of Place and Time     111
Staging and Touring Reminiscence Theatre     130
Participatory and Inter-generational Projects
Theatrical Scenes Stimulating Audience Participation     147
Reminiscence Theatre in Education Projects     159
Reminiscence Theatre in a Youth Theatre Context     176
Inter-generational Play-making in Schools     193
Older People Dramatising and Performing their Memories
Older People Enacting their Own Memories     205
Minority Ethnic Elders Make Theatre from their Lives     226
Use of Drama in Outreach Work and in Dementia Care     239
Conclusion     255
Notes     257
References     261
Index     266
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