REMINISCENCE THEATRE

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Overview

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.

About the Author:
Pam Schweitzer is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Greenwich

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843104308
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/15/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 274
  • 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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