Foundation Course in Dramatherapy 2020

October 2020

Duration   20 weeks
Pattern of Delivery   18 x two hour evening classes plus two Saturdays
Start Date   24 October 2020
End Date 20 March 2021
Course Fee   £1150

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Course Outline

Experiential Workshops

These workshops will form the main framework of the course and will be facilitated by experienced registered Dramatherapy practitioners. They will focus on aspects of Dramatherapy, Ritual Theatre and Applied Theatre techniques.

Whilst it is stressed that the main emphasis of the experiential workshops is educational and not therapeutic, participants should be prepared to work with the tensions between their personal and professional learning.

Seminars and Lectures

Throughout the workshop structure, key theoretical and practise-based themes will be explored through peer discussion, as well as some formal tutor-led presentations.


Participants are invited to keep a reflective log of their experiences while on the course which constitutes a record of their personal psychological journey (including images, stories and poems). As such, the log itself will be a highly personal manuscript and will not be assessed. Participants will also be required to participate in a performance process towards the end of the course, which will be assessed by the course tutor and reflective feedback offered.

You will need to complete a minimum of 80% of the course and the assessment process in order to receieve an electronic attendance certificate.

Please note that completion of the Dramatherapy Foundation course not guarantee a place on the MA Dramatherapy programme at Roehampton University.

A programme of experiential workshops led by the course facilitators and seminars given by visiting Dramatherapists from a wide range of fields.

One full-day Induction (Saturday) and introductory workshop to begin the course to be held in October 2020 with weekly evening classes to follow; finishing with a full Plenary Day to close in March 2021.

Suggested Reading List

The suggested reading list is available here.

Course timetable and dates

This timetable is provisional - dates and times may be subject to change.

Date Time Title
24 October 1000-1630 Introduction to the course.
A day to explore containment, exploration and improvisation in Dramatherapy Theory: Rites of passage and Rituals of transformation
28 October 1900-2100 1. Working with stories
2. Choosing a story
4 November 1900-2100 Story-making
11 November 1900-2100 Presenting stories
18 November 1900-2100 Embodiment & Enactment of stories
25 November 1900-2100 Theory: Use of metaphor & Symbol
2 December 1900-2100 Case Vignette of story work
9 December 1900-2100 1. Improvisation
2. Use of Applied Theatre techniques
16 December  1900-2100 1. Play & spontaneity
2. Preparing the space
13 January 1900-2100 Props, puppets & masks
20 January 1900-2100 Theory: Developmental play
27 January 1900-2100 Brook 'The Empty Space'
3 February 1900-2100 Winnicott's 'Playing & Reality'
10 February 1900-2100 1. Therapeutic Theatre
2. Collaborative process
17 February 1900-2100 Collaborative process
24 February 1900-2100 Clinical Settings and client groups
3 March 1900-2100 Devising a Therapeutic Theatre performance
10 March 1900-2100 Facilitation skills
17 March 1900-2100 Designing and developing a workshop
20 March 1000-1630 Therapeutic Theater Performances. Feedback and Reflections