One of the greatest life skills we can teach our kids is to communicate confidently. This is why drama is such a valuable tool in preparing them to be all they can be in the world.

Drama skills for life skills

From the very start, our stimulating classes get students thinking, speaking and moving more creatively – individually and as a group. So, whatever their background, personality or ability, they come on leaps and bounds in being able to interact positively and confidently with others.

We do this through the unique Helen O’Grady programme: a highly developed curriculum focusing on three key areas…

Speech

Our strong focus on verbal dynamics and English language helps students to develop a clear, compelling voice and good listening skills. Immensely useful stuff, whether they’re expressing themselves on a public or theatrical stage.

Movement

Physical expression, miming to music, and a bit of dance –though no dancing shoes are required. As well as improving their coordination, students learn to feel good in their own bodies, improve their posture and hold their own in a social and creative space.

Drama

We stimulate creativity through structured improvisation, dialogue, characterisation, snippets, scene starters, and acting out original scripts as an ensemble. This practice goes beyond stage skills, helping kids to socialise and overcome shyness in groups.

Benefits of our classes

Our lessons aim to nurture high levels of confidence, creativity and communication in our students. These things translate to both everyday and specialist skills that benefit them throughout their lives, from better concentration in the classroom through to public speaking in their careers. Most importantly, our method of teaching inspires kids to grow into happy – and resilient – young people who form healthy relationships with the world around them.

Our principal, Nicky Davin, visits classes regularly to monitor the children’s development and provide support for teachers. Here’s what we see coming out of the classes:
    Increased listening and concentration
    Improved speech and movement
    Enhanced language and vocabulary
    Positive, effective body language
    Creative thinking and performance skills
    Higher self-esteem and skill set
    More confidence in public speaking
    Stronger friendship groups
    Motivated to interact and work as a team
    Able to discuss social issues

What people say about us

The contribution these classes have made to the confidence and self-esteem of my children is priceless.

Parent

The Helen O’Grady Summer School was the highlight of my son’s holiday. He had brilliant fun, made new friends and learnt loads too. His only complaint was that it had to come to an end.    

Natasha, George’s mum

Both of my children have been attending the drama class for over a year. It’s a great opportunity for them to build up their confidence and be able to speak comfortably in public.

Dan, Ying’s mum

My son’s drama teacher at Helen O’ Grady has been a huge inspiration to him. The lesson has benefited him in countless ways and he enjoys and looks forward to every lesson. He would go every day if he could!

Natasha, George’s mum

I’ve made new friends because I have the confidence to speak to others outside of my friendship group.

Lily, 10

Doing drama has been such a rewarding experience for me, helping me to gain useful skills like public speaking, working in groups and thinking on my feet. It also gave me the drive, passion and confidence to apply to and attend professional drama school.

I’ve also seen drama transform people’s self confidence, help the quiet ones to express themselves and teach people a lot about themselves through being other people!

Daniel, previous student

A wonderful hour each week to leave the adult world and return to the fantasies of childhood.

Andy, adult student

I always find my stress completely lifts after one of Nicky’s classes. You are always made to feel very welcome, and there is a really warm and fun atmosphere. Nicky is really encouraging, with a wonderful enthusiasm that rubs off on you. I would highly recommend this class.

Clare, adult student

Everyone is welcome and after just one hour you will be willing to come back again, because you will have done all sorts of amazing, great things such as speech, articulation, lots of plays, and best of all you will have made lots of new friends.

Toni, Willow’s mum

I would highly recommend both the drama classes and the summer school. Nicky is great with the kids – they love her – and she works hard with them to put on shows they are proud to be part of.

Julie-Anne, Noah’s mum

My son is loving every second of his drama class. It has given him confidence and brought him out of his shell. He absolutely loves it and looks forward to it every week. I couldn’t recommend Nicky’s classes enough.

Niki, Noah’s mum

My son was really shy and wasn’t good at joining in with others. But since starting at Helen O’ Grady, he has really come out of his shell; his confidence has grown and he now loves to join in and try new things. Also, his communication skills have really improved and he has become a lot more creative in how he plays.

Julie-Anne, Noah’s mum

Eva has loved coming to Nicky’s classes. She is always keen and reports that she has had fun. Nicky is really warm and friendly and has a great rapport with both the children and the parents.

Jon, Eva’s dad

My daughter finds school frustrating. But since she started drama classes, she has found somewhere she can thrive. She recently auditioned for the school play, performing a poem she learnt… and she was given a lead part. My daughter now walks a little bit taller.

Helen, Izzy’s mum

Gerri-Jo finds drama a very rewarding and stimulating environment. She feels comfortable and confident to be part of such a great team – in her own words: “It’s my absolute favourite thing to do after school”. We will continue to to be part of a great academy!

Emma, Gerri-Jo’s mum

Nicky’s drama classes and summer school are fantastic! Amy has such a lot of fun and has recently developed her confidence in talking to an audience. Nicky is always so enthusiastic and puts a lot of energy into providing exciting performances.

Amy’s mum

Everyone’s a star

Our drama academy is like a community for our students (adults included) and their families. We get people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities coming out of their shells, coming together, and feeling like they belong to something positive.

Even the shyest of voices grow in confidence – by interacting, making friends and having huge amounts of fun. Some may go on to be stars of the stage, but we’re not pushy like that.

See us in action!