learning through drama Called "gotta act!" because substance abuse prevention is not someone else's problem, we all gotta act so we can be part of the solution!. It is improbable Players' basic 2-hour interactive, participatory workshop, tailored to your organization, and taught by members of the troupe who are experienced teaching artists. Up to 30 participants.
Observe classic roles around substance abuse.
Practice healthy responses.
Create scenes and stories about issues in your community that you face.
Give voice and action to your solutions to community drinking/drug abuse.
Practice theater skills for your own prevention presentations.
After scene improvisations actors write monologues based on characters they created.
theater workshops are great for...
post-performance enrichment for any school or organization
community organization awareness programs
recovery high schools and rehab centers
student comments about the workshop
It helped us find ways to incorporate humor into a usually serious topic
talking about the scenes afterward was good for processing and positive reinforcement
the opening icebreaker game was really fun - we plan to use it for new groups moving forward
we really liked that the people running the training were in recovery themselves because they could shed real life experiences on the topic and help us put more meaning into the messages we are portraying.
- Healthy Gloucester Collaborative, October 2016
sociodama = group issues Improbable players develop their own performances with their own personal experience. But in basic workshops the Players use sociodrama, a style of theater that concerns itself with group issues. It is a group action method in which participants improvise on an agreed upon social situation and discover alternative ways of dealing with the problem.
In the workshops, the Players never ask students or teachers to reveal anything personal about themselves.This style of interactive improvisation provides a safe environment to explore and work on issues. It's not therapy -but often, working on solutions is very theraputic.
point webster students educate their peers
Students circle up with Andy for last minute coaching before their presentations.
Point Webster Middle School students worked with Improbable Players' teaching artists, Andy and Russell, to develop a "work in progress" to educate their peers about prevention. The five weeks of workshops were sponsored by Greater Boston Council on Alcoholism.
Scenes the students wrote themselves included many ways to say no, ways to help a friend, and what kids in Quincy like to do instead of doing drugs or drinking.
They like are dancing, playing guitar, reading, sports, robotics - and lots of other activities!
working together to solve a problem
"I really hate it when....
High school students made a list of the things that bothered them - things that happened in their community because of alcohol and other drug abuse and later voted on which topic to act out - to work with in a dramatic scene. Here are some of the things on the list:
- people lose control of themselves
- they harm their loved ones while high
- they try to make you use new drugs
- they beg for money to support their addictions
- they stop caring about how they present themselves
participants demonstrate knowledge and understanding of substance abuse prevention and theater skills