After participating in a dramatherapy session at a south London school Tanya shared her thoughts with us.
“Diamonds are formed when carbon is placed under immense pressure for millions of years. The intense heat produced due to this pressure hardens the carbon into invaluable treasure.Every person benefitting from Dramatherapy, young or old, has at some point experienced immense pressure. Immense pressure can harden a heart and a life, making it hard to connect with our own feelings and desires, and to form relationships. During the session, I likened Dramatherapy to the process of recognising and transforming that immense pressure of their challenges and revealing the precious, diamond-like true aspects of their lives.
I have an unshakeable conviction in the complete effectiveness of Dramatherapy as a gentle, caring transformative therapeutic approach”
Tanya trained at RADA. Her many stage roles have included Rose in Fences for which she was nominated for Best Actress in the 2014 What’s On Stage Awards. For her performance as Esther in Intimate Apparel at Park Theatre, she was nominated for Best Actress at the 2014 London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, as well as an Olivier 2015 nomination for Outstanding Achievement In An Affiliate Theatre. That same year she was also nominated for an Olivier for Outstanding Achievement In An Affiliate Theatre for her performance as Makeda in The House That Will Not Stand at the Tricycle Theatre. In 2017 she earned a Best Actress nomination at the UK Theatre Awards for her portrayal of Wiletta Mayer in Trouble In Mind. Television includes the role of Agatha Wilson in the Sky One adaptation of The All Souls Trilogy- A Discovery of Witches. Tanya is a Patron of Roundabout Dramatherapy, Act For Change, and an Ambassador of Park Theatre. She is a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party. In searching for work that foregrounds women’s voices, she set up a production company (2not2) with playwright Sarah Rutherford.