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Staging the Personal

A Guide to Safe and Ethical Practice

Authors: Baim, Clark

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  • Examines history, ethics, and intentions of staging personal stories.
  • Using the Drama Spiral, offers a model of safe and ethical practice for theater-makers.
  • Can be used by everyone in the helping professions who wants to incorporate drama-based approaches into their practice.
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This book examines the history, ethics, and intentions of staging personal stories and offers theatre makers detailed guidance and a practical model to support safe, ethical practice. 

Contemporary theatre has crossed boldly into therapeutic terrain and is now the site of radical self-exposure. Performances that would once have seemed shockingly personal and exposing have become commonplace, as people reveal their personal stories to audiences with ever-increasing candor. This has prompted the need for a robust and pragmatic framework for safe, ethical practice in mainstream and applied theatre. 

In order to promote a wider range of ethical risk-taking where practitioners negotiate blurred boundaries in safe and artistically creative ways, this book draws on relevant theory and practice from theatre and performance studies, psychodrama and attachment narrative therapy and provides detailed guidance supporting best practice in the theatre of personal stories. The guidance is structured within a four-part framework focused on history, ethics, praxis, and intentions. This includes a newly developed model for safe practice, called the Drama Spiral.

The book is for theatre makers in mainstream and applied theatre, educators, students, researchers, drama therapists, psychodramatists, autobiographical performers, and the people who support them.      




About the authors


Clark Baim is the Director of the Birmingham Institute for Psychodrama and Honorary President of the British Psychodrama Association. After touring as a performer with the original USA company, in 1987 he was the founding Director of Geese Theatre Company UK, using applied theatre in criminal justice and social welfare settings. He is now on their Board of Trustees. Clark is co-author of the Geese Theatre Handbook (2002) and has published widely on applied theatre, psychodrama, criminal justice interventions and attachment-based practice. He does extensive international work and regularly teaches on university drama courses. He holds a PhD from the University of Exeter.    

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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eBook 67,40 €
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 83,19 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Staging the Personal
Book Subtitle
A Guide to Safe and Ethical Practice
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-46555-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-46555-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-46554-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 243
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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