When I played the larp Beginning, I had the experience of being born as a blind creature in an unknown world. I felt myself to be full of hope and innocent idealism, while with my ‘adult’ head I knew what dreadful disappointments were in store … I was very moved and cried for several minutes.
I found the experience cathartic and not at all disturbing – it was genuinely therapeutic. I thought it would be interesting to sketch out some therapeutic techniques that are similar to larp.
This is the most obvious parallel. It’s a technique that involves creating a little dramatic performance that illustrates a key crisis in a person’s life, or a conflict within them. Usually several people are involved, to play Mum, Dad, and other characters involved in what happened to me when I was five; or alternatively they might represent “Strong Me”, “Weak Me”, “Fear” and so on.