Fun and inspiring drama classes for children.
Classes held in locations across the UK and Worldwide. Helping people of all ages to develop DRAMATICALLY!

Class Structure

Our specially written curriculum and specialist teacher training ensures our students have a balanced, fun-filled lesson every week. Although the structure remains the same each week, each lesson is different and, with the different age groups offered, a child can join the Academy at five years of age and stay until they are 18 without ever repeating a lesson.


Age groups cover:


Lower Primary – 5 to 8 years

Upper Primary – 9 to 11 years

Youth Theatre – 12 years plus


Many countries around the world also now offer Kindy Drama – a pre-school programme for 3 and 4 year olds and, in some areas, adult classes are also available.


The Academy year is made up of three terms: Terms 1 and 2 concentrate on developmental drama with each primary class consisting of introductory activities, speech exercises, movement and a creative improvisation or Mime to Music. In Upper Primary we also introduce mini-scripts so older students become familiar with using text.


Whilst Youth Theatre follows a similar plan, activities in these classes are age appropriate and the challenges increase as the students become more independent.


Regardless of age, the main aim of our programme is to build confidence, self-esteem and skill in verbal communication. All this is achieved through the unique, diverse curriculum we teach each week.


Term 3 sees all students in the Academy working on a scripted piece of work which they present to parents and friends at the end of the Academic year. Although there are presentations for parents at the end of each term, this is a culmination which sees every child on stage and involved at all times.


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Benefits of our Programme

The Helen O’Grady Children’s Drama Academy was formed in 1979 when Helen O’Grady, a trained drama teacher, recognised a need for young children to develop their confidence and self-esteem and to improve their verbal communication skills.


Now, many years later, when we all rely so much on technology and communicate mostly through messages, emails and social media, that need has never been greater.


Our fun-packed lessons, for all age groups, instil, firstly in children, the beauty of the spoken word. They enable young people to have something to say, the confidence to say it and the creativity to make it interesting.


Ongoing attendance in the programme develops individuals at their own rate, in so many ways and allows them to carry their new found skills seamlessly into ‘real life’. There is no doubt it is the confident, well-spoken and interesting candidate who will impress the panel/ the school board/ the interviewers/ the audience. These are skills which can be learnt and learnt while having fun and making new friends.

Helen O’Grady Drama Academy