Batool Mohamad, who graduated from The High Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus, was the instructor of this promising workshop for youngsters. She worked in Children’s theatre and entertainment mostly with Syrian children refugees of all ages in Lebanon, as an art therapy intervention. Since physical activities and games may be able to alleviate symptoms of PTSD, like fear, anxiety and distress, and develop their confidence, social skills, and above all their imagination.
The workshop aimed primarily to provide educational entertainment for the children, through many recreational activities, and opened constructive discussions, gave the opportunity to express their views, creativities, and desires freely.
Batool was working on each child’s individual ability so they could develop them, doing physical and voice exercises, breaking the ice; interactive theatre games helped to stimulate imaginations and took the minds off the unstable and difficult situation.
In hopes of achieving creative results, the children were be taught how to build, narrate and act their own stories, in order to use them in subsequent shows and performances.
The workshop took place in Tophane Istanbul on the weekend December 13 and 14 and on the weekend December 20 and 21 from 10 am to 4 pm.