MARCH 17th-19th 2017


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, myth 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.

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. 



17th March – The Developmental Model

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 .

The day will be a practical exploration of a range of creative drama structures and theatre techniques  used to expand awareness, self expression and stimulate the imagination contained within a therapeutic framework. Activities  such as improvisation, clay sculpting and ‘creating new worlds’ will be included in this fun but powerful approach to dramatherapy.

18th March – 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.

19th March – A Theatre Model – Fun with Masks

An introduction to the use of masks for therapeutic benefit. Playful and often surprising and profound, masks have a life of their own that both reveal and conceal our human nature. This will involve painting our own masks and creating a piece of theatre for performance.




10.00 am-5.00 pm daily 



(Concessions for low earners)

(Residential option)


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.


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 which ran 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

Melanie Beer - is a HCPC registered Dramatherapist trained inn the Sesame Approach to drama and movement therapy. Since qualifying in 2010 Melanie has worked with children, young people and adults across education, health and the third sector. She currently works within the NHS Forensic Adult Mental Health, with adults with learning disabilities and for Barnado’s Child and Family Bereavement Service. Melanie regularly facilitates continuing professional development days for health professionals, in collaboration with arts therapies and psychotherapy colleagues. She is also a founding member of the Golden Thread Playback Theatre Company and part of the Dramatherapy Wales steering group.





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.


£ 325 inclusive

Some concessions for low earners. Please inquire



Part-Time Dramatherapy Course

 September - November 2016


These modules can be attended separately or as a complete course

This exciting course will offer a practical and informative introduction to using drama as a healing medium. It will provide an insight into the methods and techniques used in dramatherapy and their application to different client groups whilst finding your own personal relationship to the work through the group process.

Each weekend will offer a nurturing and in depth experience of some of the methods used in this highly trans formative work. Experienced tutors will guide you and inform you of how each workshop fits into the  dramatherapy map as an ever evolving landscape.

If you are interested in the creative process and or  are working with groups or individuals and are seeking a dynamic and fun way to explore personal or work related issues within a contained and supportive environment, this introduction to dramatherapy can deliver. It is also a stepping stone to professional training and preparation for the  MA in Dramatherapy, supporting you in making the right decisions when choosing the course that is right for you.

Who’s it for?

Each weekend can provide CPD hours or skills learning for the work place and may be of interest to Health Professionals, Therapists, Teachers, Social Service providers in the community or simply those interested in the relationship between theatre and therapy and its benefits. All methods can be applied to any client group or setting.

If you already have a formal qualification then this course will serve you well as a foundation to professional dramatherapy training or for inspiration and technique.

If you are considering a career in Dramatherapy and returning to study as a mature student without formal qualifications, this course provides an insight into the level of work required to continue your studies whilst offering a practical foundation of prior learning experience in the field of dramatherapy, a requirement for MA establishments.

Course Description

The emphasis will be on personal development within the group process, exploring the main concepts in using drama as a therapeutic tool and the art of the dramatic process. Students are actively encouraged through the practical group work to develop their awareness of self and others and the group process and to understand the healing nature of the artistic experience.

It offers a potentially transformational journey within a group of diverse individuals for those interested in developing their awareness through  a dynamic approach to healing. Take a look at the Testimonial page in the drop down bar (About).

Students will also be introduced to relevant psychological models which inform the practice of Dramatherapy and the various modalities applied within different client group settings.

The Course is recognized by higher educational establishments as a comprehensive and effective introduction to the main models in dramatherapy and a sound preparation for further training.

All students will receive a Certificate for the required hours from Scenario Arts in Personal Development Ltd upon successful completion of the course or CPD attendance certificates if attending for individual weekends. 


Sept 24th-25th

A Developmental Model -  A practical exploration of Dr Sue Jennings model of Dramatherapy. This model maps how dramatic play evolves into and from 3 distinct stages; Embodiment, Projection, Role . A range of Creative drama structures and theatre techniques are used to expand awareness, self expression and stimulate the imagination contained within a therapeutic framework.

Oct 22nd-23rd

The Sesame Method (Jung & Laban Drama & movement) An enriching journey into the use of story through movement and myth.

Psychically everything that needs to find its expression in us is safely contained within the metaphor of an enacted story. First nation stories, myths, legends and faerie tales engage us at a deeper level than mere autobiographical role-play.  Enactment provides the opportunity to engage safely with powerful symbolic material in a way that nurtures the wounds in our psyche. What surrounds the enactment is a carefully crafted session structure that creates a bridge in and out of our unconscious.

Sesame offers our body the opportunity to tell its own story through the language of movement.  By its very nature, movement andtouch in space with another are relational and so create the foundations of an organic therapeutic alliance.

Nov 19th-20th

A Theatre Model – Theatre Of Our Lives

This workshop is aimed at developing an understanding of how our personal stories, scripts & inner characters, can be re recast, and rewritten, to create clarity and insight of the past, present and future.

Using Therapeutic Theatre,  creative writing and dramatherapy methods we will be exploring how our inner feelings, voices and personas meet our outer expression in the world and gain insight into our relationship with ourselves and others.

Mask - An introduction to the use of masks for therapeutic benefit. Playful and often surprising and profound, masks have a life of their own that both reveal and conceal our human nature.



Mary Smail

Has been teaching the Sesame Method since 1994 throughout the UK and Ireland and overseas.  She directed the charity the Sesame Institute for 24 years, and also had many lecturer roles on the full time MA Dramatherapy course in London.   She presently works as a Dramatherapist and Psychotherapist in private practice, www.marysmailsoulworks.co.uk and convenes the Psyche and Soma part-time training in Soul-making through Sesame which runs for registered health professionals.  She co-authored Dramtherapy with Myth and Fairytale in 2013 and is presently researching the invisible areas of the soul and death.  She lives in London with her partner and dog.

 Rachel Perry

Rachel is the Founder and Senior Director of Scenario Arts in Personal Development Ltd. She qualified as a Dramatherapist in 1992, and as a  Supervisor in Psychotherapy  a year later. Her training began in Theatre performance and Direction. Bringing these two worlds together, she has over the years, developed her own models of working i.e. ‘Theatre of Our Lives’ and ‘Acting 4 Real’. She also specializes  in Forum Theatre as a tool for self empowerment and Training Courses  in Dramatherapy.

In 1995 Rachel was Course Leader and Senior Tutor on an Advanced Diploma course in Dramatherapy accredited by Worcester University which ran for  seventeen years.  Answering the call to set up a more accessible and affordable course for prospective students in dramatherapy she  created the PT Dramatherapy Course in Bristol as a stepping stone to professional training and for CPD in the work place. Rachel also has a private practice in Bristol offering 1-1 and group therapy/supervision and Reflective Practice.

As a Therapist, she has worked within the field of addiction, the prison service, eating disorders, and with various client groups with different mental health  needs including those suffering form social anxiety and young people leaving social care. This has included developing and directing performance based arts programmes for young people in transition and in house Dramatherapy & facilitation training for health practitioners, teachers & therapists. She lives in Bath.


Saturday 9.30 am – 5.30 pm

Sunday 9.30am – 5.00 pm




Entry will be by application form Application Form 2016  Please send this to rachel.perry59@googlemail.com

 or by post to Scenario Arts 17 Bathford Hill Bath BA1 7SW

No formal qualification is required for entry. Commitment and enthusiasm considered more important than formal qualifications.


Complete Course – £695 inclusive

Each Module       –  £245 inclusive


Total fees are still payable once the course has started even if a student chooses to withdraw from the course unless there are mitigating circumstances.

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