(Re)acting Medicine: applying theatre in order to develop a whole-systems approach to understanding the healing response.
Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Reason for embargo
UK health and care provision is in crisis. Dominant practices, ideologies and infrastructure need to change. Our research team is investigating how performance-led research and creative practice is able to positively shape that change. Presently biomedicine holds the power; its reductionist research approach and acute medical model dominate. Neither are well-equipped to engage with increasing non-communicable, long-term, multi-issue, chronic ill-health. We believe that creative practitioners should be using their own well-established approaches to trouble this dominant paradigm to both form and inform the future of healing provision and wellbeing creation. Our transdisciplinary team (drama and medicine) is developing a methodology that is rooted in productive difference; an evolving synergy between two cultural and intellectual traditions with significant divergences in their world-view, perceptions, approaches and training methods. This commonality is underpinned by four assumptions that; (1) human-to-human interactions matter, (2) context matters, (3) the whole person and their community matters and (4) interpretation matters. Initially, we are using this methodology to investigate the fundamental human-to-human interaction of a person seeking healing (a healee) with a healer: we believe that this interaction enables the Healing Response - the intrinsic ability of the human organism to self-heal and regain homeostasis. In this paper we reflect on the project’s early stages.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance on 30/09/2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13569783.2014.928007
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