Life story adventures that older adults carry with them make excellent theatre! Use these materials to help you transform their stories into dramatic pieces. This very popular format is successful with both beginning to advanced performers–and audiences love it!
Scripting Our Lives: Oral History Theatre—
A collection of practical methods and script shell foundations
by Mark Steven Jensen and
This book will help you create an oral history theatre revue. Here’s all the information to help you start. This groundbreaking work provides a wonderful range of basic script outlines or ‘shells’ for you and your group to insert personal stories, creative works, and reminiscences. With themes like, “Dancing Through Life,” “High School Daze,” and “Military Memories,” you will be both inspired and delighted. Create wonderful theatre revues based on the memories of your lives!
Reminiscence Theatre: Making Theatre from Memories
Reminiscence Theatre is a comprehensive guide to the nature, practice and therapeutic effects of reminiscence theatre. Drawing on examples from a range of real-life case studies, Pam Schweitzer provides practical advice on how to draw out oral histories, create a script, and develop the material into a dramatic production based on life experiences.
A Stage for Memory: A Guide to the Living History Theatre Program of Elders Share the Arts
This practical guide combines reminiscence and theatre to help you start and sustain a Living History Theatre program that will bring elders’ stories to audiences in the community.
Legacy Works: Transforming Memory into Visual Art
Susan Golden with Susan Perlstein
Use reminiscence and storytelling and learn how to transform recollections into visual art. Great ideas for oral history interviews in a step-by-step program that excites and inspires!
Telling the Stories of Life Through Guided Autobiography Groups
By James E. Birren and Kathryn N. Cochran
A great guide for creating theatre based on life stories. Learn from expert, James Birren, who for 25 years conducted autobiography groups. Helps you organize, record, and share life experiences through a proven and effective technique. Perfect for developing scripts from life stories.
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