Good Health and Well-Being

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Drama and Theatre for Health and Well-Being

  • Tony WallEmail author
  • Julia Fries
  • Nick Rowe
  • Niamh Malone
  • Eva Österlind
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Drama and theatre for health and well-being is a constellation of ideas, practices, and approaches which are intentionally engaged for health and well-being benefits, ranging from explicitly therapeutic interventions to group-based activity more resonant of cultural activity.


The rock art of indigenous communities from 20,000 years ago has been interpreted as early indications of how humans have connected performance, in a broad sense, with the health and well-being of their communities (Fleischer and Grehan 2016). Now, at a global level, there is increasing recognition that drama and theatre can facilitate a variety of health and well-being outcomes for an extensive range of groups, not predetermined by affluence or socioeconomic status (APPG 2017). In a broad sense, drama and theatre are a constellation of arts-based practices,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tony Wall
    • 1
    Email author
  • Julia Fries
    • 2
  • Nick Rowe
    • 3
  • Niamh Malone
    • 4
  • Eva Österlind
    • 2
  1. 1.International Thriving at Work Research CentreUniversity of ChesterChesterUK
  2. 2.Department of Humanities and Social Sciences EducationStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  3. 3.ConvergeYork St John UniversityYorkUK
  4. 4.Faculty of Arts and HumanitiesLiverpool Hope UniversityLiverpoolUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Tony Wall
    • 1
  1. 1.International Centre for Thriving at WorkUniversity of ChesterChesterUK