What is Drama Based Training and 5 reasons why it can benefit your business

What is Drama Based Training

Engage, Communicate & Inspire

What is Drama Based Training? Is the concept completely new to you? Have you ever wondered if it could benefit your business? The ability of Drama Based Training to engage people in learning is founded on forum theatre methods pioneered by Augusto Boal in the early 1970’s

Although drama is widely used in business training it is still a concept that is unknown to many. So, in Gibber’s first blog post we look at Drama Based Training (DBT), what it is and how it works. Then give you 5 reasons why it can help to engage, communicate with and inspire your staff. Resulting in a positive impact on your business.

What is Drama Based Training?

Firstly, there is a common misconception that DBT is ‘role play’ or a way of teaching ‘acting techniques’ for business. Whilst these are elements that can be built into a DBT session or form the basis for some follow-on work, they are not what DBT is fundamentally all about.

Drama Based Training for business is the ultimate experiential change management tool. It helps you identify, challenge and change behaviour in the workplace. Using the expertise of professional actors DBT brings your complex business issues, processes and practices to life in accessible scripted scenarios.

DBT is about learning through experience. It is about creating an energetic, safe environment that engages with your staff, encourages participation and a mindset that will be open to the possibility of change and growth. It uses the skill set of talented facilitators and professional actors to motivate and empower employees. This allows them to embrace change and play a positive part in the improvement of your overall customer and employee experience.

How does DBT work?

Gibber’s use of Live Theatre, Film & Multimedia has proven to accelerate learning, build motivation and confidence aiding personal development.

After working with an organisation to identify their desired learning outcomes, scripted scenarios are written to highlight the key areas for development. Combined with bespoke drama development techniques and traditional training methods these scenarios, presented by the actors demonstrate the identified issues and stimulate debate around the fundamental questions:

  • What is it like to work here?
  • Are we happy with this way of working?
  • Does it fit with our vision and values?
  • How can we do things better?

Skilled facilitation in a fun learning environment encourages participation. It motivates delegates to take ownership and suggest effective solutions to problems themselves. DBT enables them to practice new behaviours and experience how these changes would benefit them and the organisation. As well as how to embed identified learning objectives into every day practice.

Positive Impact

So, how can Drama Based Training impact positively on staff morale and contribute to continuous improvement in the workplace? Gibber offer 5 useful reasons…

  1. It’s unique

Break away from the norm. Do something different. Unlike standard traditional training Drama Based Training offers a completely unique approach. An approach that is powerful, relevant, different and fun. Staff who participate in DBT describe it as ‘a more interesting, interactive and enjoyable way of delivering training that is anything but boring!’ As DBT is bespoke it will be developed to deliver identified outcomes for your business which will help you to smash your goals.

  1. It allows you to see things from a different perspective

Delegates often comment that the biggest impact of DBT comes from the opportunity to observe recognisable workplace scenarios from a 3rd party perspective. This encourages them to explore alternative approaches by directing the actors to change their behaviours in a way that influences the outcomes of the scenario. Delegates can look at challenging issues in a safe environment where it’s OK to get it wrong. Working in this way allows you to fast forward, rewind, pause and discuss or simply start again to explore effective solutions. Effective solutions that will contribute positively to your business.

  1. It brings real situations to life

When actor / facilitators present bespoke scripted scenarios peppered with humour to demonstrate issues it brings real situations to life. It is a strong, interactive and informative method of highlighting key issues and stimulating debate. As a result, it enables staff to fully understand and implement what they have learnt. Delegates comment that it’s useful to watch real scenes that they can relate to and that it is a lot more memorable than a standard PowerPoint presentation.

  1. It provokes discussion and breaks down barriers

Drama Based Training techniques builds trust, ellicits an emotional response and allows risk-taking. When delegates are at ease, it helps to break down barriers and provoke discussion that wouldn’t come out of a standard training situation. Consequently, it results in delegates being more open to try multiple approaches assimilating new ideas into their own thinking which will ultimately benefit your business.

  1. It improves motivation and confidence

The combination of techniques used in Drama Based Training appeals to all learning styles. The use of multimedia and drama and the interactive way our training is delivered make it an effective way of engaging delegates improving motivation and confidence in the workplace.


Now we’ve answered the question ‘What is Drama Based Training?’ and covered the reasons why it can benefit your business, do you think your corporate training programme could do with a refresh? Would you like further information about how Gibber’s bespoke Drama Based Training can inspire staff, improve efficiency and deliver results? Please contact us on hello@wearegibber.com (UK) gday@wearegibber.com (AUS)

You might also like to read about some organisations who have had success from DBT.

2 responses to “What is Drama Based Training and 5 reasons why it can benefit your business”

  1. I like what you said about how drama based training is a good break away from the norm and doing something different. I’m trying to learn more ways of training myself and others if I ever get called upon to do that, and this sounds pretty cool. Thank you for the information about how staff who participate in DBT note that it is a more interesting and interactive way to deliver training without boring you.

  2. That is a good point that when acting education is used, the then situations become lifelike and interactive. That is something that would help me out if I were to learn something. Maybe I should look for those types of classes for my kids to take.

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