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Styx #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Max Barton and Addison Axe are musicians from a musician family. A few years ago, their grandfather passed away after suffering from alzheimer’s. Recently their gran has also been diagnosed with alzheimers. Max is keen to find out more about his musical family and starts some detective work to track down the people, places and songs which are important but missing parts of the memory. Syncronisity Jung believed that sometimes in therapy, coincidences would emerge that seemed less than likely by […]

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Isma Almas: About a Buoy – Adventures in Adoption #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Isma Alma is a lesbian, Muslim, British-Asian. Isma is married to a woman and together they decided to adopt. In this stand up comedy routine, Isma shares some stories from her own life and what lessons she has taken into the journey to become an adopted mother. Isma has sometimes been discriminated against for being Muslim and also for being gay. As part of the adoption assessment she was asked if she planned to join Isis. Once approved she was […]

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Chris Mcglade: Forgiveness #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Chris is a Northern comedian with working man’s club style of humour. A few years ago his father was murdered. In this comedy show, Chris recounts stories about his father; good and bad. Events from his life, events from his death and court trial, and the impact all this had on his own life after; harrowing material for a comedian. Two of the biggest lessons Chris learnt from his dad are: Laughter Forgiveness Chris grapples with both of these in […]

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Lucy McCormick: Post Popular #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Lucy McCormick is looking for strong female role models; the kind who can be her hero, the kind who are inspiring. Luckily she has the whole of history to search for them. Unluckily most stories from history are about men and where there are stories about women they may meet unhappy endings. None the less, Lucy commences her (mostly) chronological exploration of the feminine, starting with Eve and then romping through Boudica, Florence Nightingale, Anne Boleyn and the Suffragettes. In […]

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Going Slightly Mad by BigMind Theatre Company #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Based on a true story, this play follows Max (Lizzie Lewis) who has just been sectioned under the mental health act. Only Max knows she is not mad. She she may be on some kind of reality TV show, she may have mind altering powers to control other people, she may be God or a god. But she is definitely not mad. Locked away with four other supposedly mad people, all waiting in this Short Term Assessment Centre; waiting for […]

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You’re Going To Get Mentally Ill – Now What? Part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Screening for Schizophrenia is now almost as accurate and reliable as screening for cancer. In this talk, Stephen Lawrie, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuro-Imaging at the University of Edinburgh shares his latest research and asks “would you want to know?” Arguably the “worst disease that afflicts mankind”, Stephen explored what schizophrenia is (how it is similar and different to other forms of psychosis such as bipolar, manic depression or drug induced psychosis). Schizophrenia usually manifests during a person’s mid 20’s; […]

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The Words Are There by Nth Degree Productions #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

I’m spending 10 days at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and wanted to share my dramatherapy thoughts on some of the productions. First in the spotlight “The Words Are There” by Nth Degree Productions. In this one-man show we meet Mick as he recounts moments of his relationship with Trish (absent except for a mop as an avatar and a voice-over). The tender moments when they meet and fall in love, the funny moments where they find joy, the harrowing moments […]

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Empowering Children through Art and Expression

In September I will be starting a new school-based project. This week I have been reading “Empowering Children through Art and Expression: culturally sensitive ways of healing Trauma and Grief” by Bruce St Thomas and Paul Johnson. This book is easy to read but offers some really insightful ways that the two authors have supported traumatised and bereaved children including child refugees from the Cambodian genocide and children who lost a parent during the 9/11 terrorist attack in America. The […]

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Non-verbal client? Try beat-boxing

Some of my clients have learning disabilities which make speech difficult so I was really interested to see this therapeutic beat-boxing programme at Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx New York. Working with a professional beat boxer and a speech therapist, beat-boxing is a way for these students to fully express themselves and to gain learn about their voice. “It was the first time that those students of our who are non-verbal, really have a lot of disabilities, […]

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The school that puts wellbeing first

On the BBC Sounds currently is an episode of People Fixing the World from Highgate Primary School in London. Currently about 3 children in every class will have a diagnosed mental health condition and many schools struggle to meet the complex needs. This primary school employs or gives placements to several different therapists. 39 children have a weekly therapy session with 14 different therapists; that is about 10% of the school population. There are interviews with a few of the […]

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