Feedback from the participants is that working in this way makes them feel listened to and gives them positive ways to explore their feelings and to express themselves. Participants from the project also report an increase in confidence and self-esteem.
Prior to setting up Amethyst, Small World Theatre worked with the Amber project in Cardiff. Small World Theatre experienced working with young people who were experiencing issues around self-harm, anxiety, depression and bullying. The Amber project also reached out to marginalised groups such as young people from care, homeless young people, LGB, transgender and non-binary young people. Amethyst delivers similar workshops through a highly successful working model in West Wales.
The techniques we use include:
- Forum Theatre (using theatre to explore people’s real experiences and stories).
- Image Theatre (using still images to explore our feelings and experiences), Elements of Transactional Analysis (such as Parent/Adult/Child roles and the Drama Triangle; looking at victim, persecutor and rescuer roles).
- Elements of CBT (e.g. the way our feelings, thoughts and behaviours effect each other and negative mental filters).
- Group Contracting (to provide a safe non-judgemental space).
- Many fun games (to make us laugh and smile and release endorphins).