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Order in the Chaos
by Danielle Mackenzie

This new practical resource book by Danielle Mackenzie published by London Drama provides teachers with seven exciting units of work and materials designed for the GCSE Edexcel Drama Examintion, New Specification, helping to organise "Order" in all that potential "Chaos".

Published as a downloadable E-Book.

More info and download here

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Dorothy Heathcote: Going beyond Teacher in Role in the Secondary School

Dorothy Heathcote: Going beyond Teacher in Role in the Secondary School

Dorothy Heathcote: Going beyond Teacher in Role in the Secondary School

Dorothy Heathcote, the highly influential and much respected drama in education practitioner and theorist will give a talk via video conference. She will be speaking from the University of Derby.

In this video conference, Dorothy Heathcote will describe how a model of Mantle of the Expert can not only survive but flourish in the secondary school without disrupting the timetable and with simple organisation. Using real examples from projects carried out in schools from different parts of the country this video conference will not only inform and demonstrate how this model’s flexibility can operate, it will also provide a rare opportunity for discussion with Dorothy Heathcote herself.

Dorothy was educated at a village school, leaving at 14 to work in a weaving mill. At 19, with financial support from the mill owner, she studied at the Northern Theatre School with Esme Church, Rudolph Laban and Michel Sans Denis. Early in her career she taught drama to teachers from Bradford and Leeds and at 23 was appointed to the University of Durham to teach Froebel drama courses to Primary Heads of Schools.

In 2007 she was awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and in 2008 Honorary Doctor of Education by the University of Derby. She regularly publishes articles based upon her practical experience in schools.

Drama For Learning: Mantle of the Expert Approach Drama For Learning: Mantle of the Expert Approach (£29.50)
by Dorothy Heathcote
Heinemann USA
ISBN 978-0-435-08643-5
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Drama Worlds Drama Worlds (£26.00)
by Cecily O'Neill
Heinemann USA
ISBN 978-0-435-08671-8
more info
Dorothy Heathcote: Drama As A Learning Medium Dorothy Heathcote: Drama As A Learning Medium (£18.99)
by Betty Jane Wagner
Trentham Books
ISBN: 978-1-85856-225-4
more info

Coming up


Masks and Half Masks with Trestle

Saturday 30th June 2018: 10-5pm
Venue: TBC

This fun, accessible workshop from Trestle Theatre Company will help strengthen your practice of using Trestle full masks and half masks as a tool for both theatre and social development. The work consists of experiencing exercises and learning teaching techniques to develop physical awareness, mask performance and creative devising.
More information and book at Trestle
Member booking at Member Trestle.


Drama Now! Conference 2018: Drama and the Crunch

Thursday 5th & Friday 6th April 2018
Venue: Goldsmiths, University of London

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this Conference because not enough people booked it. However, we recommend atttending National Drama's Drama Spa Conference on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April 2018 at Homerton College, Cambridge. More info here.
National Drama has arranged a special rate of £200 for London Drama Members to attend.
If you would like to book this Conference instead please contact us at and we will book you in.


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STEP is a borough-wide partnership linking the theatre community and education and youth sector in the London Borough of Southwark. STEP aims to equalise, extend and deepen the theatre and drama experience of all young people living in Southwark through the development of strategic partnerships between schools, youth and community groups and theatres and performing arts organisations. STEP's objective is to work closely with Southwark schools, youth and community groups and theatres and performing arts organisations to develop creative approaches to learning and provide innovative projects which stimulate children and young people's personal development and contribute to their educational attainment.
Find out more here.