South Manchester Helen O'Grady
Ann Mawson, at only 17 is already a seasoned performer having played Tracey in Hairspray and the Narrator in Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Lymm High School. A pupil at South Manchester Helen O’Grady Drama Academy in Altrincham since she was five and recently was awarded her 10 year attendance plate. For the last three years she has appeared at the Lowry with The Company, an award winning youth theatre. Now, after attending a rigorous workshop, she has clinched her fourth production – How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at The Lowry Theatre in Salford. The show is a musical about cut-throat corporate life and office politics.
Anne described her success in a local newspaper stating, “I was glad to know I was in but I still couldn’t believe it. I never expected to get through because the competition is so strong. They audition across Britain.” Anne has landed the role of Betty in the show and also appears in the chorus.
“When I’m in a show, I love the thrill at the end when the audience claps. You feel as though you have given happiness to a lot of people.”
Anne received her 10 year award plaque from Gill Hollis, the former Principal of the Academy and can be seen pictured here with the new SMHOG Academy principal, Andy Kielty.
Smhog send our heartfelt congratulations to Anne. Anne is a wonderful example of what confidence, self-esteem and ability can achieve through drama and acting. We are so proud of her achievements and her commitment.