Mette Bøe Lyngstad: DREAMCATCHERS: A Narrative Research Project with Substance Abusers and Relatives

A narrative research connected to storytelling project with 8 previous substance abusers and their next-of-kind. In 20 days they developed stories of their dreams for the future.

In our paper, we will present a narrative research connected to storytelling project with 8 previous substance abusers and their next-of-kind. In 20 days they developed stories of their dreams for the future, to be performed at a RØST-conference in Bergen. Early in the process, it became obvious that several participants had given up on dreaming, because their dreams had been broken. Developing stories of the future with a personal link to their past, made the devising process very hard. Our research question was: How can previous substance abusers foster wellbeing through a shift in perspective from fears of the past to dreams of the future?

Mette Bøe Lyngstad:
Associate professor in drama and applied theatre at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. She has been working with marginalised group and storytelling for several years. Lyngstad’s research interest is educational drama and theatre in schools, storytelling and applied theatre. She has been a part of the Norwegian research project: Drama, Theatre and Democracy.

Laura Dean (Associate Director)
Laura is a keen advocate for the Arts in Education. A graduate of the Comparative and International Education MA program at Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA, USA), Laura’s research interests revolve around how Arts subjects, and Theatre in particular, can play a crucial role to the development of a student’s social and emotional well-being, whilst bolstering their academic attainment. Having lived in numerous places around the world, and worked to support international students in a university setting, Laura is interested in supporting global Education policy. With an avid interest in Theatre & Performance, she is delighted to be bringing her two passions together to lead on Dialogue’s Community Performance for Education work.