Archive for October, 2011


Deborah H
October 11th, 2011

Dr. Dorothy Heathcote MBE: 29 August 1926 – 8 October 2011

It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of our patron Dorothy Heathcote over the weekend. She was truly a pioneer, leading the way for so many drama and theatre-in-education teachers and practitioners not just in the UK, but globally. Over the years teacher/actors from The Play House have been privileged to work with Dorothy and her influence on the company’s artistic and educational practice has been considerable. She was one of the first people to see the potential of using drama as a learning medium and she developed a methodology and language that still has huge currency today. She continued to work right throughout her life honing her considerable body of theory and practice, and her legacy will live on through theatre-in-education performances in school halls and in drama classrooms across the world.

You can read an obituary from her daughter Marianne Heathcote Woodbridge here. This includes details of Dorothy Heathcote’s Life Celebration. For those interested in attending please RSVP by email or post to mariannekevin@yahoo.co.uk

For those who knew her work and want to see it again and for those who never got to experience it first hand, have a look at Three Looms Waiting – BBC TV’s 1971 Omnibus profile of her work: