Drama ther­apy pro­vides means of ex­pres­sion

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PHOTO PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY WANG ZHENGHUA

Mem­bers of the Yankang Cen­ter per­form at a song con­test.

The Shang­hai Can­cer Re­cov­ery Club has in­tro­duced drama ther­apy from overseas as an aid for peo­ple with the ill­ness.

The ther­apy pro­vides an out­let for the frus­tra­tion and de­pres­sion pa­tients feel, and teaches them to live with the dis­ease.

“Mem­bers are en­cour­aged to imag­ine them­selves as a cer­tain type of an­i­mal, and then act it out to the other par­tic­i­pants. It helps them to re­lax and be­come more op­ti­mistic,” said Chu Xin, direc­tor of the Eastern Can­cer Pre­ven­tion and Re­cov­ery Cen­ter in Shang­hai.

Some­times, par­tic­i­pants wear masks and ex­press emo­tions, such as hap­pi­ness, sad­ness, anger, and de­pres­sion, through their body language.

“Drama ther­apy mo­ti­vates mem­bers to face ev­ery­thing in life di­rectly and pos­i­tively rather than avoid­ing it, in­clud­ing ill­ness,” Chu said. A mul­ti­me­dia drama

will be per­formed in Shang­hai and Bei­jing in the next few months. It is the first drama to be writ­ten, di­rected and per­formed by peo­ple with can­cer.

Direc­tor Dai Rong, from the Shang­hai Cen­ter of Dra­matic Arts, was di­ag­nosed with lung can­cer five years ago, and one of the writ­ers, Jian Ping, a mem­ber of the Chi­nese Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and a pro­ducer at a tele­vi­sion sta­tion in Shang­hai, has bat­tled gas­tric can­cer since 2013.

“It is a jour­ney to help Dai and Jian re­al­ize their dream. The club will use the money raised by the per­for­mances to pro­vide more ser­vices for our mem­bers in the fu­ture,” Chu said.

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