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Dramatherapy
Vol. 34, No. 2, July 2012, 92–100

CLINICAL COMMENT
A research interview: dramatherapy and cross-cultural awareness Downloaded by [The University of British Columbia] at 21:37 23 February 2013

Mandy Carra* and Madeline Andersen-Warrenb a Freelance Dramatherapist; b Northern Trust for Dramatherapy

The following interview is based on research by Mandy Carr in 2009, for a ‘top up’
MA at Roehampton University, London, entitled ‘An investigation into the importance of raising cross-cultural awareness within Dramatherapy’. The interview was recorded and then transcribed. This was followed by electronic communication during which some references were added.
The interview addresses the processes and stages of the research, research methodology and the outcomes.
MAW Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed about your research.
Why did you choose this topic?
MC My experience of growing up in a middle class, secular Jewish, intensely political home in Liverpool, took me on a path in which social action, justice, being of service to others, education and the arts were supremely important. I attended an independent Church of England primary school.
Much of the time I felt ‘different’ and unable to articulate or express my culture. This manifested itself in many ways, for example, feeling unbearably ignorant with items of ‘common knowledge’ such as the Pope, of whom I had never heard, allusions to church and chapel of which I had no experience or reference to food I had never eaten. I vividly remember
(at the age of about 8) the intense worry that if I mentioned an everyday thing from my home life, such as visiting relatives in America (a common Jewish diaspora experience) or eating chopped liver, that I would feel embarrassed by having to explain what I was saying. As I grew up, my increasing awareness of the Holocaust and of Apartheid gave birth to a lifelong concern with civil rights and racial equality and identity issues.



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