Seeds of a New Life


Drama therapy by Dorothy Heathcote in what was a mental handicap hospital.


The film shows two weeks of drama therapy in a hospital for people with learning disabilities. The drama course is led by a group of 22 secondary school teachers working under the supervision of Dorothy Heathcote. At the core of Dorothy Heathcote’s philosophy is her belief that people with learning disabilities have a right to emotional experiences as well as cognitive ones. The film raises the question of the difference between drama as therapy and drama as education. Is it merely a matter of labels ? Whatever we call it, the film demonstrates the success of drama with people with learning disabilities.

This film was made in 1976, so the film and sound quality is not to modern standards. This should not diminish its value.

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