19th-21st Oct 2018


Bookings: rachel.perry59@googlemail.com

07983393165 /01803 473079

10.00 am- 4.30.00 pm daily 


Early bird 10% discount if paid by 1st Sept


Story plays a big part of our lives and the many ways in which we tell our own story or seek to be part of another’s. Through dramatherapy, story and the language of the soul, we will explore the next chapters through the creative process of stories told and untold both old and new.

Dramatherapy is a form of interactive group work and a method of play; a means of discovering, unlocking and working with different aspects of the self in a spontaneous and imaginative way.  It provides a creative vehicle for the transformation of feelings, and is an active form of therapy that emphasizes movement, voice, characterization, embodiment and expression through drama. The focus is not on performance but on the creative process itself.

This workshop will introduce practical methods and application of different models in Dramatherapy to explore and express the self. It can also be a stepping stone to professional training or a skills learning for the work place. No previous experience is necessary.

Where the group provides an opportunity to explore personal issues, participants are able to work at their own pace within a contained and supportive environment.

This course also aims to offer inspiration & technique for Continued Professional Development through gaining a practical understanding of 2 of the main models of the dramatherapy process and their application, gaining practical tools and techniques that can be applied within different settings. The workshops provide an interactive experience within a framework of theory and practice and offer a creative, empowering and insightful method  for those interested in the link between theatre and therapy and a dynamic approach to healing and change.

“Dramatherapy is both the container of the chaos & the means to explore it” Jennings. 



Day 1 The Developmental Model 

This workshop will be a practical exploration of a range of creative drama structures, art and theatre techniques  used to expand awareness, self expression and stimulate the imagination contained within a therapeutic framework of Embodiment, Projection, Role.

The Developmental Model of Dramatherapy ( Dr Sue Jennings) explores the creative life of the clients as part of their whole life journey. Sometimes we may struggle to integrate the conflicted elements of experience. When that struggle is explored symbolically through the fiction we create in dramatherapy then the healing process could be described as restoring life through art. This model maps how dramatic play evolves into and from 3 distinct stages; Embodiment, Projection, Role .

Day 2 The Sesame Method- 

This one day workshop will offer an experiential introduction to the Sesame Approach to Dramatherapy. Founded by Marian Lindkvist in the 1960’s, the Sesame approach takes its name from the traditional story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves where the words “Open Sesame!” are voiced and the treasure within is discovered.

The approach is based on theories of Carl Jung’s psychology of the unconscious, Rudolph Laban’s Art of Movement, Peter Slade’s work in children’s play and Marian Lindkvist’s non-verbal language of Movement-with-touch-and-sound. The core principle of the work is to stay with the inner symbol until its wisdom can be integrated and applied to making new healthy life choices.

Following the traditional structure of a Sesame session, we will move through a focus and warm up, where a safe and playful environment is created through play and games. Followed by a movement warm up, based on the principles of Laban, offering participants an opportunity to experience themselves and others through the language of movement. We will then move into the ‘bridge in’, where themes related to a traditional story will be introduced, through a playful, imaginative and embodied process that leads into the telling and enactment of a traditional story, within the ‘Main Event’ of the session. This part of the day offers participants the chance to enact an aspect of the traditional story that may connect with them in a meaningful way. We will then ‘bridge out’ from the story, noticing responses to what has been experienced before de-roling from the story. We will then have time to come together as a group to reflect on and share what has been experienced, before a ‘ritualistic’ ending.

Day 3 – A Theatre Model (includes Forum Theatre)

Working with personal story and creative improvisation and performance we will explore and devise a new landscape and perspective on our world both inner and outer. Engaging in interactive Forum Theatre, play and ritual that will both challenge and inspire present patterns and beliefs to make way for new beginnings and fresh insight.


Participation is by booking form. Please contact rachel.perry59@googlemail.com   07983 393165/01225 851055

No formal qualification is required for entry.   An informal chat on Skype or phone will be required following receipt of your booking.



10% early bird discount if paid in full by Sept 1st

Cherry Orchards B&B £35 for 1 night then £30 for additional nights. Some concessions available (ask on application)


Rachel Perry

Rachel Perry is the Founder and Senior Director of Scenario Arts in Personal Development Ltd. She has been a registered Dramatherapist for over 20 years and has a private practice in Bristol& Bath. Her background is in theatre performance and directing. Bringing together the theatrical & therapeutic stage she has developed her own models of dramatherapy namely The Theatre of Our Lives and Acting 4 Real which have been applied as creative learning tools within a number of settings including education, drug and alcohol rehabilitation and the corporate sector. Rachel was the Course Leader and Senior Tutor on an advanced Diploma in dramatherapy accredited by Worcester University for 18 years. She currently offers individual and group therapy and supervision within her private practice and also facilitates Forum Theatre workshops and introductory training courses in Dramatherapy. She is a member of the HCPC

Mandy Squires

Mandy Squires – is a registered member of BACP and Social Care Wales.  She works in private practice around South Wales and the West as a creative therapist and university guest tutor for various arts therapies courses.  Mandy has a social work background with extensive experience as an attachment therapist and consultant within adoption services.   She is a Sesame practitioner (drama and movement within therapy) and a founder member of the Creative Therapies Collective; an organisation helping to make arts therapies more accessible within South Wales.    Mandy is currently co-planning the return to Wales of the soulful drama and movement in therapy training Psyche and Soma  2018/19 with Mary Smail, former director of the Sesame Institute


Set in a quiet estate and surrounded by nature, Cherry Orchards facilities offer a space where you can learn, explore, create, relax and even sleep. It is situated a short ten-minute walk from Westbury-on-Trym village—with cafés, independent shops, supermarkets, banks and direct buses into Bristol city centre (15 minutes journey).Parking is on site and free and as well as the beautiful main hall as a workshop space, there are kitchen facilities and two toilets.

There is also a large stone labyrinth in the garden which is often used to symbolize a part of a therapeutic journey.

Here is a link to the website with further information on accommodation and facilities;









7th September – 19th October 2018

Totnes Natural health Centre


7.30-9.30 pm

£17.50 per session (£105 for 6 weeks)

This is a closed group  of 6 weeks for those interested in the therapeutic benefits of Dramatherapy for self expressions, healing and change. It is an opportunity to deeply enter the creative and healing process that dramatherapy offers within a contained group. The emphasis will be on developing self awareness and increasing self confidence, whilst stimulating the unconscious through spontaneous play and development of the imagination using personal story, archetypal journeying and creative dialogue, improvisation, movement and group reflection.

Where the group provides an opportunity to explore personal issues, participants are able to work at their own pace. No previous experience necessary.

The cost is £17.50 per 2 hour session, paid termly. Each term will run for 6 weeks.

Early bird 10% discount till 4th August



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Workshops in both Forum Theatre and Dramatherapy can also be offered as part of a tailor made programme to suit specific group requirements. If you are considering staff training or consultancy for your business that you think might  benefit from some training in this approach or an introduction to the tools and techniques involved in these methods please get in touch for further details.





Forum Theatre is an interactive form of theatre that presents a theatrical debate to create a group ethos that encourages audience interaction and is a powerful tool for exploring solutions to difficult problems.

This one day workshop explores the practice of Forum Theatre and its application to communities and groups. It offers an entertaining and meaningful way for:

  • Working with socially excluded or dis-empowered groups
  • Challenging established perceptions
  • Understanding group/team dynamics in the work place
  • Exploring specific issues affecting individuals/groups experiencing dis-empowerment
  • Identifying areas of conflict and possible solutions

This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in the creative process who would like to learn more about using theatre as a medium for healing. The tools and techniques can be applied in any work setting when considering group dynamics and roles within the work place and also for those engaged in the more intimate setting of group work wishing to explore relationship issues. Forum is also used to gain a deeper understanding on more global issues and to raise awareness and create a theatrical debate.Forum theatre scenarios are designed to stimulate audience participation through discussion, interactive role-playing and shared experiences.

This workshop can also be delivered on a bespoke basis to address specific issues within your organisation or group.

For further information and to discuss your requirements please contact Rachel at Scenario 07983 393165/rachel.perry59@googlemail.com


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