Contact!unload: Military Veterans, Trauma, And Research-based Theatre

May 15, 2020|
Contact!unload: Military Veterans, Trauma, And Research-based Theatre by George Belliveau
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This book is a call to action to responsibly address the sometimes difficult transition many soldiers face when returning to civilian life. It explores the development, performance, and reception of Contact!Unload, a play that brings to life the personal stories of veterans returning home from deployment overseas.

The play showcases an arts-based therapeutic approach to dealing with trauma. To bring Contact!Unload to life, researchers in theatre and group counselling collaborated with military veterans through a series of workshops to create and perform the play. Based on the lives of military veterans, it depicts ways of overcoming stress injuries encountered during service. This action-based artistic initiative, coupled with a therapeutic program, served as a successful model for military veterans transitioning to civilian life.

This book, which includes the full script of the play, offers academic, artistic, personal, and theoretical perspectives from people directly involved in the performances of Contact!Unload as well as those who witnessed the work as audience members. Both the play and the book serve as a model for using arts-based approaches to mental health care and as a powerful look into the experiences of military veterans.

George Belliveau is the head of the Department of Language and Literacy Education and a professor of drama/theatre education at the University of British Columbia. He is a professionally trained actor and has participated in over 100 theatre productions as an actor, director, or playwright. He is a member of the College of the Royal So...
Title:Contact!unload: Military Veterans, Trauma, And Research-based Theatre
Product dimensions:272 pages, 9.25 X 6.25 X 0.8 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 9.25 X 6.25 X 0.8 in
Published:May 15, 2020
Publisher:Ubc Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780774862622

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