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This year’s Dorothy Heathcote Now conference will take place from 7-10 November at Goldsmiths, University of London


The theme of this year’s conference is agency and empowerment. This is the key to Dorothy’s work. She called for a 'complete, radical, different power-shift' in the classroom. She declared: ‘If you can't take the power-shift, get out of the kitchen.’ How can we make this shift happen, in our own praxis?


There will be workshops and presentations by Cecily O’Neill, Brian Edmiston, Tim Taylor, Bob Selderslaghs and more. More details will be available shortly, including information on how to book.


There will be opportunities this year for a limited number of academic papers and presentations. Proposals for papers/presentations are invited on the conference theme. Possible topics might include: negotiation; questioning; positioning; conventions; teaching paradigms (transmission, crucible etc.); bonding; protection; self-spectator; teaching through materials; role and frame; teacher talk & colleague talk; stewardship; social learning. Proposals of up to 500 words should be sent by 26 June to:


Dorothy Heathcote Now International Drama Conference 2024 is presented by Midland Actors Theatre and Goldsmiths, University of London, with the Mantle Network. Images from DH Now 2023.


We have formed a new monthly online Mantle Network Seminar Group, to offer guidance and training in Mantle of the Expert, and other aspects of Dorothy Heathcote’s work; and provide a support network to teachers and practitioners. The group is now fully booked; but we will be offering more opportunities for training, mentoring and support in future - watch this space! 

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This is a recording of a Network event, in which we discussed the benefits and challenges of working through Mantle. Contributors include Brian Edmiston, Iona Towler Evans, Cecily O’Neill, Vaishali Chakravarty, Richard Kieran, Lisa Hinton, David Allen, and more.  

Dorothy Heathcote was ahead of her time. Her work continues to provide models, inspiration, and challenges. Her vision of a revolution in the way we think about education seems even more urgent now than ever. 


As part of the 2023 "Dorothy Heathcote Now" conference, we ran a series of free online events.


The first featured David Montgomery, who shared his memories of working with Dorothy at New York University (see video).

The second session featured Brian Edmiston and Iona Towler-Evans, talking about "Humanizing Teaching with Dramatic Inquiry," and sharing examples from their recent practice.

In the third session, Viv Aitken and Tim Taylor discussed the realities of Mantle of the Expert around the world.

More videos from the series to follow shortly!

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This website is dedicated to the work of Dorothy Heathcote


Dorothy outlined four “contexts” or “models” for active learning, using drama-based methods – with the aim of forging links between schooling and society. They are: drama used to explore people, circumstances and events; Mantle of the Expert; Rolling Role; and the Commission Model.

This website explores all four models, and provides teachers and practitioners with tools to use them in their own practice.

This website is the home of the Mantle Network, which exists to support teachers and practitioners. It offers special events, projects in schools, and coaching and mentoring. Click here to find out more about the Network, and the projects we have done in schools. To contact us, click here

You can also find information on Dorothy Heathcote and Mantle of the Expert, on the website

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