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The Nature of Interruption

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ISBN 9780367487577
August 5, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
232 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book investigates the nature and phenomena of interruption in ways, which have relevance for contemporary dramatherapy practice. It is a timely contribution amidst an ‘Age of Interruption’ and examines how dramatherapists might respond with agency and discernment in personal, professional and cultural contexts.

The writing gathers fresh ideas on how to conceptualise and utilize interruptions artistically, socially and politically. Individual chapters destabilise traditional conceptions of verbal and behavioural models of psychotherapy and offer a new vision based in the arts and philosophy. There are examples of interruption in practice contexts, augmented by extracts from case studies and clinical vignettes. The book is not a sequential narrative – rather a bricolage of ideas, which create intersections between aesthetics, language and the imagination. New and international voices in dramatherapy emerge to generate a radical immanence; from Greek shadow puppetry to the Japanese horticultural practice of Shakkei; from the appearance of ‘ghosts’ in the consulting room to images in the third space of the therapeutic encounter, interruptions are reckoned with as relevant and generative.

This book will be of interest to students, arts therapists, scholars and practitioners, who are concerned with the nature of interruption and how dramatherapy can offer a means of active engagement.

Table of Contents

List of contributors

Introduction by Richard Hougham and Bryn Jones

Chapter 1: Imagination and Participation by Will Pritchard

Chapter 2: Image of the Mind’s Eye by Alanah Garrard

Chapter 3: The Shakkei of Dramatherapy by Bryn Jones

Chapter 4: Encounter and Engagement with Patriarchy by Pallavi Chander

Chapter 5: Myth Interrupting by Richard Hougham

Chapter 6: This Coming Guest by David Guy

Chapter 7: Dreamdance by Aleka Loutsis

Chapter 8: Dramatherapy and Greek Traditional Shadow Puppetry by Theodoros Kostidakis

Chapter 9: Intuition: Interrupter or Interrupted? by Rachel Porter

Chapter 10: Disrupted Narratives by Daniel Stolfi

Chapter 11: The Lived Experience of Interruption by Emma Reicher

Chapter 12: Ghosts by Holly McCulloch

Chapter 13: Sesame Folklore by Adam Atlasi, Kathleen Blades and Nicole Wardell


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Richard Hougham is Principal Lecturer and Dramatherapist at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, UK. Bryn Jones is Lecturer in Drama and Dramatherapist at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, UK.