Applied theatre as an 'alternative substance': Reflections from an applied theatre project with people in recovery from alcohol and drug dependency
Author: ZONTOU, ZOE
Source: Journal of Applied Arts & Health, Volume 2, Number 3, 11 January 2012 , pp. 303-315(13)
Abstract:This article explores factors by which participation in applied theatre has the potential to have an impact on problem drug and alcohol users by operating as what the author refers to as 'alternative substance'. In particular, the author seeks to examine the possibility of applied theatre operating as an alternative form of 'escape' from their current community (a community of exclusion) and thereby functioning as a motivational force towards their social reintegration. The arguments proposed in this article will be supported by using examples of practice from an applied theatre project that the author conducted in the organization Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS) based in Oldham, Greater Manchester.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Liverpool Hope University
Publication date: 2012-01-11
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