The reason why I made in my previous post an informative synopsis about what theatre games are, was because I wanted to establish a common ground for everyone. Since, all of us “speak the same language”, I would like to share with you with more details what are the key benefits of drama games through my own personal experience from the past four years that I have been participating in a Theatre Games Workshop.As it is already mentioned, theatre games have no restriction on age or profession and any of us can be involved with them! They are equally benefitial for children and adults, who actually have fewer and fewer alternatives for relaxation, recreation, creativity, self-expression and communication.
As I grow up, I still have the need to explore the world around me, to discover and understand all the different aspects of myself; to challenge and test my limits as well as to define who I am, what my place within the social environment is and what kind of relationships should I build with others. Through individual and group drama games, I realize that as time passes, I further cultivate my own talents and skills while also give space to self-expression, group synergy, and imagination. My group participation in the Theatre Games Workshop, therefore, allows me to develop self-awareness and be conscious of my own rational state of mind regarding my inner ideas, thoughts, beliefs, feelings, actions, and interactions with other people.
Every Monday of the past four years, through warm-up games, trust & synergy games, music & movement games, verbal & non-verbal games, imaginary games, pantomime, role-playing, and improvisation, I have the chance to delve deeper within myself, activate and strengthen my imagination and self-expression, awaken and intrigue my senses as well as set my spontaneous behavior free like I did as a child.
Through the team spirit and interaction that take place during the Drama Games Workshop, I can also experience another benefit, as important as self-awareness. I can get in touch with other group participants’ diversity, recognize and accept their feelings, understand their different behaviors towards a stimulus, and actually establish effective interpersonal communication with them. So, after each Theatre Games Workshop comes to an end, I can continue with my daily routine, respecting other people’s beliefs, thoughts, ideas and feelings and I can settle conscious and stable interpersonal relationships. In short, drama games enable me to activate and enhance my emotional intelligence.
To me, the two most important benefits that a group member can acquire from a Theatre Games Workshop are SELF-AWARENESS and INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION! What’s your own opinion?