Theatre as Therapy

Read Lyn Gardners blog entry: “Theatre as Therapy–has a play helped you find the answer?

 an excerpt:For many artists, their work springs from a personal experience of grief and trauma. So it’s not surprising that it can do the same for audiences too. In testing times I’ve often found solace in the darkness of a theatre, particularly in Chekhov’s plays and specifically in Sonya’s speech at the end of Uncle Vanya. And when eaten up with petty worries, I find that a Beckett play – almost any Beckett play – quickly puts things in perspective.”

Her blog also refers to something else she wrote, Theatre is a matter of life and death, about returning to the theatre after her mother’s death.

an excerpt:And although I know that it will always feel as if there is an empty seat beside me and that there will be times when I’m ambushed unexpectedly by grief, I also know that night after night theatre will offer me the succour that I need, whether it is the final redemptive moments of The Winter’s Tale, the melancholic heartbeat of Twelfth Night, Alan Bennett’s Hector talking about Thomas Hardy’s Drummer Boy in The History Boys, the toe-tapping exuberance of Hairspray, the heart-breaking callousness of Peter Pan, the tap dancing in 42nd Street, the bruised humanity of the plays of Robert Holman and Simon Stephens and most particularly in Sonya’s last great speech in Uncle Vanya that tells that we do endure even when we think there is no hope.”

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One Response to Theatre as Therapy

  1. daisysworld says:

    Daisy , Lola and I met Lyn Gardner on a train up to Yorkshire when the girls were 5 and 7. I was reading to the girls ( I must have been masquerading as a involved mother ..) and the girls were listening and asking questions ( a first and never repeated.) She lent over to say how great was that the girls were so interested in reading etc etc. Anyway we then spent the rest of the trip chatting and she said shed just written a childrens book, Into the Woods. We bought it and the girls loved it. We then corresponded for a bit about it. Thanks for pointing out her blog. xx

    On 13/11/2012 09:25, “the winning review” wrote:

    > laurawinningham posted: ” Read Lyn Gardners blog entry: “Theatre as > Therapy–has a play helped you find the answer? an excerpt: “For many > artists, their work springs from a personal experience of grief and trauma. So > it’s not surprising that it can do the same for audie” >

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