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John Somers

Research interests



  • Drama as Social Intervention (2006) (Ed with Michael Balfour), Captus Press, Canada.
  • Performing Poetry (2004), (with Linda Pagett), 119 pp, NATE, London.
  • Drama and Theatre in Education: Contemporary Research, (1996), (Ed), 230 pp, Captus Press, North York.
  • Drama in the Curriculum, (1994), 198 pp, Cassell, London. (This has been reprinted once and editions in Polish, Portuguese and Turkish are in preparation).

Chapters in books:

  • Somers, J. ‘Theatre in communities: a bonding agent’ in Drama w STOP-KLATCE, Stop Klatka, Warsaw, 2010, pp 106-120
  • Somers, J. et al, (2010) ‘Raising Awareness in Schools’ in Promoting Recovery in Early Psychosis, Shiers, D. et al (Eds) London:Blackwell
  • ‘Theatre as Communal Work: Intervention in rural communities’ in Theatre and Education at Centre Stage; Govas, .N (Ed) Athens 2009, pp 360-369.
  • ‘The Relationship between DiE (Drama in Education) and Performance’ in Theatre and Education at Centre Stage; Govas, .N (Ed) Athens 2009, pp 417 –421.
  • ‘Drama and Wellbeing: Narrative Theory and the use of interactive theatre in raising mental health awareness’ in Dramatherapy and Social Theatre: necessary dialogues. Jennings, S (Ed) Routledge, 2009, pp. 193-202
  • ‘Community theatre as communal work’ in Arts Education and beyond, Anna-Lena Østern & Hannah Kaihovirta-Rosvik (Eds) Åbo Akademi University Press, 2008
  • ‘Community Theatre in Rural Devon: an alternative model’ in Creating a Theatre in your classroom and Community Warren, B (ed), Captus University Publications, North York, (2002) pp. 351-369.
  • ‘Drama Learning’ in Beyond the Soundbite, LA, The Getty Centre, 2001, pp 108-116
  • ‘Discovering Seminal Stories’: Community Theatre as Cultural Memory’ in Performing Democracy (2000) Haedicke, S & Nellhaus, T. (eds) Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan Press.
  • ‘Drama e História: Projeto Peste Negra’ in Ensino do Teatro: Experiências Interculturais (1999) Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil.
  • ‘Measuring the Shadow or Knowing the Bird: evaluation and assessment of Drama in Education’, in Evaluating Creativity, (2000) Sefton-Green, J. and Sinker, R. (Eds), London, Routledge, pp. 107- 128.
  • ‘How Teachers Choose What to Do in Drama Lessons’ in Drama and Theatre in Education: International Conversations, (1999)Saxton J, & Miller C (Eds) Victoria (Canada) University of Victoria Press, AERA & IDERI.
  • ‘Research and the Teaching of Drama’ in Grady, T. and O’Sullivan, C. (Eds)  A Head Taller, (1998) Trentham Books, Birmingham.
  • ‘The Nature of learning in Educational Drama’, in Drama and Theatre in Education: contemporary research, (1996), 14 pp, North York, Captus Press.

Papers in Journals:

  • Somers J, (2010), ‘Community Theatre: a search for identity’, in Mailout, March 2010, pp28-29.
  • ‘Interactive theatre: Drama as social intervention’ in Music and Arts in Action, Vol 1, No 1 (2008)
  • Somers, J., Roberts, G., Dawe, J., Passy, R., Mays, C., Carr, G., Shiers, D., Smith, J. (2007) On the Edge: a drama-based mental health education programme on early psychosis for schools. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 1: 168–176
  • ‘How many Rachels do you know?’ in Veterinary Times, Vol 36, No. 35, 18 09.06 (with P. Crawford and N. Short) pp. 24-25
  • Arts - Therapies - Communication Vol 3, (2005), European Arts Therapy, Different approaches to unique Discipline opening regional portals,  Ed, Line Kossolapow, Sarah Scoble, Diane Waller,  Lit Verlag, Munster. (Distributed in UK by Global Books Marketing, 38 King Street, London 2E 8JT)
  • ‘Jukebox of the Mind: an exploration of the relationship between the real and the world of drama fiction,’ in Papers from an International Conference  of Drama Education, North Taiwan Arts Education Institute, Taipei, (2003) pp. 53-74;
    pp. 76-81
  • ‘Umysl jako szafa grajaca: rzeczywistosc I fikcja dramy’ in Opieka, Wychowanie, Terapia, Warsaw: IPSiR, 4/2003 (56) pp17-21
  • ‘Drama Making as a Research Process’ in Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol 12, Part 4. pp. 1-15 (2002)
  • ‘Into the Fictional World’ in Theatre In Education: art form and learning tool, Attica Press, Athens (2002) pp. 163-168;
  • ‘Story, Intertextuality and Drama in Education,’ Birmingham: NATD Journal, Vol. 18, Issue 1. 2002, pp. 64-70
  • ‘The Effectiveness of One In-service Education of Teachers Course for Teachers’ Practice,’ in Journal of Inservice Education, Vol. 28, No. 1, 2002, pp. 95-114 (with Eva Sikorova)
  • ‘The Use of Theatre in Education in Health Education’, Somers, J. & Cousins, H (2001) New England Theatre Journal, Vol: 12 2001 pp. 1-26
  • ‘Vliv jednoho modelo dalsiho vzelavani ucitelu na jejich praxi’ in Pedagogicý výzkum nových mozností ve vzdelávání, (2001), Ostrava University, pp 133-146