Dramatherapy Introductory Taster Weekend

So, What’s This Taster Workshop All About Then?

You will experience in a group, first-hand, what dramatherapy is all about on this two-day taster workshop. You will explore a wide range of exciting dramatic techniques practised by dramatherapists through both individual and group work.

You will understand the rudimentary basics of counselling and therapy through fun and gentle simulation exploration where you and your fellow participants will create characters who journey through a variety of issues typically brought to a dramatherapy session.

You will experience the art of creativity through character building, story making, mask play, learning how to work and create puppets, journaling, scene-work, autobiographical performance, family maps and much more. You will explore aspects of yourself through distance-play in a safe, stimulating and supportive space. You will also explore different ways of using your voice and body through movement and sound work.

There will also be plenty of time for sharing together, and questions and answers about either working creatively with self or others personally or professionally, or even if you are considering dramatherapy as a possible future career and thinking of further training.

This taster workshop is for any one over the age of 18.  It is two days of dipping your toe into the wonderful world that is dramatherapy, feeling, hearing, touching and of course, tasting this wonderful creative arts therapy for the first time.


What Have Past Participants Said?

Fantastic and inspirational, such good ways and different tools to work with clients. Filled with good content, communicated well and a good mix of presentation and interactive exercises. Aquarius Action Projects. 2013.


What an experience. It was an amazing workshop and well worth every penny. I learned so much about myself and dramatherapy.  Joshua. 2014.



I can’t recommend this workshop highly enough. I feel like a different person and would recommend it to anyone.  Helen. 2014.



Initially, I came to The Arts of Change as a student Dramatherapist. It was my first year and although I had made the decision to embark upon the training as a therapist, the role of the client was new to me. I had no idea what to expect and had no way of anticipating the journey ahead. From the first conversation I had with Christian Dixon (Dramatherapist), I felt comfortable and at ease. In seconds I went from nervous and apprehensive to excited and curious.  Laura. 2015.


I really loved the workshop, especially the group interactions, the aims and objectives, content, group work and facilities were all excellent.  Katie. 2016


They found it so very useful and were very grateful to have The AoC. It was a very positive experience and helped us in the R&D.  The Royal Shakespeare Company. 2017.


The AoC has given me back self-control and the support has been out of this world. I am happy as I have ever been and enjoy life more. I can’t thank The AoC enough for everything they have done and words cannot describe it. I have progressed throughout sessions and all the techniques I have learned have helped massively.  Robert. 2017.

Working with The AoC has helped me to become a better person. It has helped me along a journey of self-discovery. The AoC gave me the power and ability to trust and believe in myself. I overcome fears and past demons which I didn’t think I would ever be able to do.

Thank you!  Lorraine. 2018.


What Is Dramatherapy?

“Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy/psychotherapy in which all of the performance arts are utilised within the therapeutic relationship.  Dramatherapists are both artists and clinicians and draw on their training from theatre, drama and therapy to create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional and social changes.” British Association of Dramatherapists. (BADth).

You will definitely feel better and stronger. You really do not need to have any acting or drama experience. You will also begin to unlock your potential and find appropriate solutions to any problems you experience. The best thing about dramatherapy is the way it can engage you by using movement and body work, voice, mask work, puppetry, storytelling and story making techniques and a wide range of creative techniques, none of which requires you to have any experience whatsoever. 

Dramatherapy is practised all over the world and right here in the UK is considered to be one of the most successful creative arts therapies for treating a wide range of issues ranging from straightforward to complex needs and you can find dramatherapists working in many professional settings including forensics, police, NHS, schools, prisons, probation, GP surgeries, social services, arts-based organisations, charities and privately. The need is certainly growing every year.

Dramatherapy can work with all genders, all age groups and can focus upon a huge range of individual problems such as:

  • Trauma
  • Anger
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Mental Health issues
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Sexual problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Confidence issues
  • Bereavement
  • Relating to others
  • Identity issues
  • Domestic violence
  • Bullying
  • Drug or Alcohol dependence


Tell Me A Little About the Workshop Facilitator and The AOC?

The Dramatherapy Taster Weekend workshop will be facilitated by longstanding dramatherapist and professional actor – Christian Dixon FRSA.  Christian has been a dramatherapist for over twenty-two years, he is registered with The Health and Care Professions Council, a full member of The British Association of Dramatherapists and a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts. Christian delivers arts based and creative workshops both nationally and internationally and is the founder of the award-winning Arts of Change (The AoC) service. Please visit the website for more information: https://www.theaoc.org.uk

The AoC was founded in 2013 and officially formed in 2014 and has grown into a well-respected arts based organisation that serves all adults, young people and children locally and nationally. It provides counselling and therapy services and training on a wide range of subjects.

Christian is also still actively working in productions for stage, TV and film. Most recently he completed principle shooting for Walt Disney’s revival of the iconic masterpiece – Mary Poppins Returns which will also feature Emily Blunt, Lin Miranda Manuel of ‘Hamilton’ musical fame, Meryl Streep, Dick Van Dyke, Colin Firth and Julie Walters. The film is due for international cinematic release in December 2018. Prior to that, Christian played another featured role in the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise starring Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell and Jonny Depp.  He has appeared in numerous West End productions and has played lead for The Royal Shakespeare Company. Christian trained at one of Britain’s top drama schools – The Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he won the Sarah Churchill Memorial Acting award, before graduating in 1987.

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is for anyone over the age of 18, male or female, professional or non-professional with an interest in either drama, healing, therapy or the arts, and want to experience, first hand some core dramatherapy techniques and processes used. You can be a housewife, doctor, teacher, husband, social worker, volunteer, professional accountant or student. This taster is for anyone. This taster workshop is also very suitable for those who are not yet sure if they want to pay thousands of pounds to train to become a qualified

Dramatherapist. This workshop is exactly what it says on the tin: “a taster”.


What Will I Be Doing During the Workshop?

In this workshop you will:

  • Work together in a group (up to eighteen participants) for two days.
  • Engage in role-play, dramatic play, games and exciting exercises.
  • Explore and develop new skills in becoming super creative in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Learn and maintain new and exciting ways of changing habits, forming new ones, coping and self-management.
  • Rest assured that what you say is kept confidential.
  • Never have to worry about feeling ridiculed or misunderstood.
  • Receive first rate, professional assistance and guidance.


When And Where Will The Taster Workshop Commence And For How Long?

The taster workshop will be facilitated at The Arts of Change studios in Central Dudley, four miles outside of Wolverhampton city and approximately 10 miles outside of Birmingham city centre. The first day starts at 9.30am registration and 10am start and ends at 5pm and the second day it starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. There will be a 45 minute lunch break including two fifteen minute tea breaks. One in the morning and one in the afternoon, on both days.

Next Dramatherapy Introductory Taster Workshops dates will be:


Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October 2018.


Saturday: 9.30am = Registration. 10am = Start  Workshop Ends – 5pm.

Sunday: 9.30am = Registration. 10am = Start  Workshop Ends – 4pm.


Do I Need to Attend Both Days?

Yes. Unfortunately, you will not be able to pay to attend just one day. If you only attend only the first day you cannot claim back any monies for missing the second day.

Please note, you only have to attend two workshop days. Not four days. You cannot attend one day in August and another in September. You must attend both days consecutively.


How Do I Get There?

You can travel to The AoC either by foot if you live locally, by public transport; buses that serve Central Dudley and takes you near to The AoC are the 1, 126, 96 OR 222 buses. Dudley bus station is only a 9 minute walk away from our offices too.  Trains – that are accessible for The AoC are Sandwell and Dudley, or Wolverhampton train stations, both are about 20-minute drive by car or taxi. The M5 motorway, Junction 2 is approximately 10-minute drive away also.

There are several carparks all in walking distance from The AoC, and the first two hours are free followed by £3.00 for the rest of the day.

There is also disabled access.


Where Will the Workshop Take Place?

Workshop Venue Address:

The AOC, St James House, Trinity Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1JB

T: 01384 211168

E: support@theaoc.org.uk


How Much Is It And How Do l Pay?

Consultation for 15 minutes is free – Christian will talk with you on the phone or via email or Skype to determine what your needs are, explain more about the work involved and to answer any questions you might have regarding joining the group.

The Dramatherapy Introduction Taster  – This exciting two day workshop fee is just £245.00 per person and includes all materials, light refreshments and cold buffet lunch on both days.

A non-refundable deposit of £45.00 will be required to secure your place. You may either pay the remaining balance of £200.00 in full or two Instalments can be arranged at £100.00 each. However, the full balance must be paid prior to commencement of the workshop.

We do offer a sliding scale in fees for students, those on low income, or over 65 years of age.

You can pay either by phone with a debit or credit card or through our online payment service: Eventbrite. Please call us for details.


What other benefits will I hope to achieve by attending this two day taster workshop?

  • Receive top notch professional guidance from a professional actor on the rudiments of acting and drama.
  • Understanding of the basics of dramatherapy and it’s meaning.
  • Understanding of how dramatherapy can help heal health, mind, body and spirit.
  • Understanding of how a dramatherapist plans and facilitates sessions.
  • Experience in playing the role of both therapist and client.
  • Experience in developing creative exercises.
  • Opportunity to explore some personal issues within a safe environment.
  • Opportunities to explore and play with a wide range of creative materials.
  • Receive a certificate of completion.

If you would like to learn more about The Dramatherapy Introductory Taster Workshop, or ready to secure your place then get in contact today.

Book a FREE 15-minute consultation right now by calling 01384 211168. Due to our daily high volume of calls, the phone may go to our answering machine service. If so, then please leave a brief message including your full name, contact number and mention the title of this workshop ‘The Dramatherapy Introductory Taster Workshop’. Please try to speak as clearly as possible and someone will call you back within two working days. Alternatively, you can contact us via email: support@theaoc.org.uk

Unfortunately, places are strictly limited so you would be wise to book your place as early as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you and working with you but do hurry as tickets will fly.