1st Edition

Dramatherapy The Nature of Interruption

Edited By Richard Hougham, Bryn Jones Copyright 2021
    206 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    206 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book investigates the nature and phenomena of interruption in ways that 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 utilise 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.

    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



    Richard Hougham is a Dramatherapist and Principal Lecturer and Course Leader of the MA Drama and Movement Therapy programme at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. He is Chair of the European Consortium of Arts Therapies Education (ECArTE).

    Bryn Jones is a Dramatherapist and Supervisor. He teaches drama on the MA Drama and Movement Therapy programme at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. His current clinical practice includes working with adults on an addiction therapy programme and for a bereavement service.

    ‘The authors suggest that in the arts the unplanned or the interruptive can be the most arresting moment. They explore this hypothesis through examples presented by experienced dramatherapists, and through reference to significant writers, such as Jung and Levinas. The result is an intriguing, creative and original book that considers the causes and roots of interruptions in different contexts. A timely book, reflective, well-constructed and offering the reader the opportunity to consider in a new way the role of interruption in our daily lives.’  Diane Waller, Emeritus Professor of Art Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths University of London

    'Among the most interesting of edited books are those offering a specific theme that contributors, like jazz musicians, riff on, explore, and expand. This prescient volume weaves ancient and modern thought to capture drama therapy’s potential for addressing the current moment, including reflections on living (and working) through a pandemic and welcome interrogations of therapeutic dogma. Readers will find grounding reminders and disruptively fresh ideas—a tension we need as we contemplate new horizons of practice.' Craig Haen, Ph.D., Private Practitioner and Co-Founder of the Kint Institute