Participatory drama workshops are an exciting and powerful way to introduce complex subjects and issues, and harness them as an empowering and educational experience. AHT’s drama workshops draw on a number of different leading practitioners, including: Augusto Boal, Dorothy Heathcote, Viola Spolin, Chris Johnston, Brian Way and Keith Johnstone.
Gentle playful exercises are an essential introductory part of the creative process, producing a safe environment within which participants feel able to express ideas, engage in discussion and develop new skills. Drama can contribute to developing: confidence, empathy, imagination, creativity, emotional intelligence, team-working, and communication skills.
Drama workshops not only engage participants cognitively, but also – because we are working through using the body – prove particularly beneficial for kinaesthetic and visual learners.
Body Image workshops commissioned by Derbyshire Health Authority:
- Winner of the NHS Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: Diversity and Patients’ Choice Award Winner: “Quality of the drama work was dynamic!”
- National Award for Good Practice: Amber Valley Health Authority & Ava Hunt won Pamela Sheridan Award for Sex and Relationships Education Project in Primary Schools
Drama workshops have been created and delivered including:
- self esteem
- body image
- relationships and sex education
- safe drinking
- environmental issues
Ava has worked with a wide range of settings including:
- sixth form
- higher education
- young offenders
- community groups
- mental health groups