What is it about?

This paper aims to display an ethnodrama playscript with the story of a gambling husband coping with his financial struggle and his family’s emotional reactions. The researcher was involved as collaborating playwright in the project, assisting a devising director who led a group of ex-gambling addicts and their family members referred by a Hong Kong counselling service. The ethnotheatre generated, interpreted and mediated data from interviews and devising sessions and exhibited a painful story about the downfall of a taxi driver who earned easy money by betting and ended up in heavy debts and resorted to beg his wife to borrow money. The paper also includes a discussion on reality and truth, as interpretation perspectives in arts-based research.

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Why is it important?

It is an example for how drama and theatre could be applied to social work practice.

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This page is a summary of: Facets of human conditions: Some artistic records and ethnotheatrical interpretations of ex-gambling addicts, Applied Theatre Research, June 2023, Intellect,
DOI: 10.1386/atr_00076_1.
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