Building Children’s Confidence and Self-Esteem
South Manchester Helen O'Grady

TryingSMHOG is part of Helen O’Grady UK and Ireland. The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy is the only organisation of its kind in the UK and had its origins in Australia many years ago. In 1979, Helen O’Grady, a trained teacher, drama teacher and actress, hired a hall in a Perth suburb and commenced after school drama classes for children. Her aims were to provide a “self-development through drama programme” for children attending the class in order ro encourage: enthusiasm, energy, a positive approach to life, confidence, self-esteem, verbal communication skills and more effective social interaction.

Now, we are part of a global network of Academies and studios in numerous countries including Africa, India, Indonesia, Zambia, Malaysia, Singapore, China, USA, Canada and South Africa. At our recent Manchester seminar there were delegates from Malta, Ireland and Scotland present which is great for the sharing of ideas and we met Serςin last year who opened the first ever Helen O’Grady Drama Academy in Istanbul, Turkey. The co-operation and communication allows for ideas to be shared and best practice to be adopted and refined. 

DSCF4354_miniIt is pretty much what we do with our curriculum in that it is always being reviewed to make sure it is age appropriate and relevant. We know that the teachers at SMHOG are excellent and they are good at what they do. When kids make their own age-appropriate choices, they feel more powerful so we encourage listening and communication which is so important in any confidence building programme. The skill of the teacher and the purpose of the curriculum is to enable the child or young person to acquire these skills through drama classes and acting classes and often without them even realising they have it. To them it just becomes a natural progression adding to the abilities that they have.

Our best communicators who do so with confidence become adults with power and choice. Research shows that they achieve higher and are happier in their own ability and ultimately in their own life. At our performance last year I saw a 9 year old child ad-lib when the script went wrong and “put the wheel back on” allowing the show to continue. I was probably the only person in the wholde auditorium to realise what this young lad did because I was on the sound desk following the script and waiting for the cue for the next sound effect. He was so good that even his mum and dad did not realise. I was so impressed I blogged about it at the time here and went to the lad and told him how impressed I was with him. I know of many actors who would give their right arm for a skill shown by that young lad.

DSCF4325Our curriculum allows each child to progress and achieve their standard at their own rate. There is no competition but the children naturally always want to do their best. The classes are fun filled and relevant to the age of the child and often mirror parts of the school curriculum in drama or literature. Drama Classes and Acting classes are also a great way to provide exercise for children particularly those who do not enjoy sport. That’s why we believe we are the best in the field and recommend our classes to you.

There is no risk. We offer a free trial first lesson so you can see whether your child enjoys our classes. Just give us a call on 0161 929 9586 or 07595 188484. Our facebook page with a selection of pictures on it is at www.facebook.com/smhoggi and we also have a twitter feed at @SMHOG.

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