MA Dramatherapy - Natasha and Kirsty's experience video transcript

A white ‘University of Derby’ logo appears on a black background.

Natasha is shown sitting in a bright green floral pattern shirt and jeans in an empty room with white walls behind her. Natasha has short blue hair and is wearing glasses. She has ear and nose piercings and sits with her arms clasped between her legs as she starts to talk. 

Black text slides onto screen reading “Natasha Hargrove  – MA Dramatherapy graduate”

“My name's Natasha and I have just graduated from MA Dramatherapy.”

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Black text slides onto screen reading “Why did you choose to study MA Dramatherapy?”.

“So, I run a theatre company called A Mind Apart and over the last few years we have used Performing Arts”

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“to reintegrate children and teenagers back into education but as we continue to work with young people, more and more of them express mental health issues and  worries and concerns, I realised how important it was to have a manager who understood the  therapy process.”

Kirsty appears on screen sitting down in a different room with a large mirrored wall behind her. Kirsty’s reflection and a poster on a blue door can be seen in the mirror. Kirsty has long dark brown hair and is wearing a grey jumper and jeans with a paisley pink headband. Kirsty is sat with her legs crossed and uses her hands to help articulate what she is saying to camera. 

Black text slides onto screen reading “Kirsty Stark – MA Dramatherapy graduate”

“I chose it because I came from a teaching background I was teaching English and  Drama”

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“all over the world and all over the UK and I noticed there was something really healing about Drama, healing for me and for the people that I was working with. The Therapeutic Arts to me is the alternative to traditional talk therapies”

Some photos are shown on screen of individuals performing on stage in a dark environment. 

“they use creativity and play and mixed modalities in order to heal and to heal the mind and the body and to bring them together.

Natasha returns on screen in the room she was originally in: 

“In training to become a therapist, one of the main things that is important is that you do the inner work within yourself first and I don't think actually just first it's as it continues through your career but the teaching team start that inner work with you and help you to bring to light some of the things that you need to work on  
or some of the things that you need to address both in personal therapy and in supervision.”

Kirsty returns on screen in the setting she was originally in.

Black text slides onto screen reading: “Why did you choose the University of Derby?”

Kirsty begins to talk: 

“I chose to study at Derby because I looked at all the various courses and there's only a few in the country”

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“and for me Derby offered an integrative approach in terms of Therapeutic  
Arts and on the open day and finding out more about the course I understood that there was strong links and relationships between the other modalities. So within the course you do get to work with the Arts Therapists, you do get to meet the Music Therapists and so that mixed modality was always going to offer something different.”

Footage is shown from a birds eye view of Britannia Mill, the building where Therapeutic Arts courses are based, and black text appears on screen reading: “What are the facilities and teaching team like at Derby?”

Natasha begins to talk over the footage: 

“One of the things I loved about the uni is Britannia Mill itself”

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“there's lots of different studio spaces”

Natasha appears on screen and continues to talk: 

“so it's not just the one that we're in right now, there's lots of different rooms and as we got towards rehearsal process I liked that I could go into a different sort of environment and change the way that I created my performance based on the space of the rooms.”

Footage returns to Kirsty talking: 

“One of the other predominant reasons for me to choose the Derby course in particular was the Independent Scholarship Module.”

Footage returns to Natasha talking and black text slides onto screen reading “What is the Independent Scholarship module?”

Natasha talks: 

“The Independent Scholarship is your dissertation, it's the final piece you do in your second year”

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“but it runs throughout your whole second year. It starts with a question and that  question leads you on to an investigation that investigation finalises in three things: a Viva, like an interview, an essay and your performance and then your performance you do at Déda”

Various footage of people performing abstract performances as individuals on a stage at Déda is shown whilst Natasha talks: 

“which is a performance space in the city centre. It is a theatre but it's more flexible than a theatre, it's kind of like a black box room so you can use it however you want to use it. What was”

Footage returns to Natasha talking: 

“brilliant about using Déda was that I got a chance to do that in front of an audience and be witnessed.” 

Black text slides onto screen which reads “Which other elements of the course did you benefit from?” 

“So the placements for me were the most important part of the course, I learnt the most on placement”

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“and I really transformed the most on placement. Found the experience really beautiful because the theory we were learning about on the course happened right in front of me so it made it all really real and highlighted how important it is.”

Footage returns to Kirsty talking: 

“I think some of the other positives about being on the course have definitely been the friends and colleagues that I have met.”

Some photographs are shown of individuals performing on a stage in a dark environment whilst Kirsty talks over them: 

“You go through a transformative process on this course and you challenge each other but you learn to do it from a really kind, compassionate and loving place and we're all here for the same reason,  we're all here to become the best that we can be for the clients that we'll work with in the future”

Footage returns to Kirsty talking:

“but also the supportive and challenging nature of the team, the team that's got tremendous amounts of experience with a variety of client groups in a variety of settings. I think the other thing to talk about is supervision, the supervision that is provided within the course is something really useful and really special and really holding and it's exactly what you need.”

Black Screen with a white ‘University of Derby’ logo appears. 
Beneath the University of Derby logo reads “”. 
Video fades out. 

MA Dramatherapy - Natasha and Kirsty's experience video

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