14Jan

Class Acting: How Dramatherapy can help us to be in the drama of everyday life

Professor Anna Seymour, Portrait Room, Grove House, 5pm for 5.30pm

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We can easily draw analogies between the theatre and everyday life: each day we choose a 'costume' to wear, we play roles and think about how we 'present' ourselves. The language of 'performance' is ubiquitous and we hope we can 'perform' well. Dramatherapy goes beyond analogy believing that Drama is a fundamental part of being a human being.

From the sensorial experience of early days to the exploration of morality through play, the child has the potential to become an 'actor' in their own life and yet the vicissitudes of social class and the inequalities and iniquities which we inherit and are inflicted upon us may prevent us achieving what we might.

In her inaugural lecture, Prof Seymour will argue that we cannot understand individual subjective experience without reference to shared collective experience and that in the theatre, the dramatic universe enables us to imagine and inhabit 'whole worlds'. These fictional realities may provide the rehearsal room for profound change.