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Laughter really can be the best medicine

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Over the past few years, it has become apparent that treating mental health problems such as social anxiety with pharmaceutical drugs is often unsatisfactory. Experts have been exploring effective non-drug therapies such as mindfulness, exercise, art and music therapy. My colleague Luisa Metcalfe told me about the benefit that improvisational theatre has brought friends of hers. Here’s her report.

Improvised comedy (‘improv’) – in which performers act without scripts, prompts or planning – has experienced a recent surge of popularity with shows such as the hilarious Austentatious (improv in the style of Jane Austen) and toe-tapping Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, which won an Olivier award.

The shows demand a lot of the performers but the benefits are significant: thinking on your feet, working collaboratively, listening closely and building self-confidence. Now mental health specialists........

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