Drama encourages empathy, says Blackheath High School

The independent girls’ school said drama is a popular subject amongst its students

A school, where over a third of students opt to take courses at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art as part of their studies, has said drama encourages empathy and open-mindedness.

A group of 13 girls from years 12 and 13 are taking part in a series of five performances of ‘Rhinoceros’ this week at the Edinburgh Festival.

Blackheath High School’s drama teacher Cath Day said the play being performed at the Edinburgh Festival was chosen by the sixth formers because it would “challenge them” and “resonate with modern audiences”.

Drama not only develops communication skills, collaborative working skills and leadership skills but drama students develop an understanding and appreciation of other perspectives, encouraging empathy and open-mindedness

The school places particular emphasis on encouraging creativity and drama is a popular subject amongst students.

A representative from the school said: “Drama not only develops communication skills, collaborative working skills and leadership skills but drama students develop an understanding and appreciation of other perspectives, encouraging empathy and open-mindedness.”

The girls’ school, a member of the Girls’ Day School Trust, has acting alumna including Antonia Thomas (now performing in Sky’s The Good Doctor) and Saffron Coomber (currently performing in Shakespeare’s Emilia in the West End).


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