SMHOG Official Launch
South Manchester Helen O'Grady

Andy and Jane with Becky Goodfield

Andy and Jane Kielty with Becky Goodfield

SMHOG are now officially launched. Last week Becky Goodfield, Training Manager for Helen O’Grady UK and Ireland and also Principal of the South Wales Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, paid us a visit to launch our Academy to the world stage! What has been fantastic to witness is the support and commitment of Helen O’Grady UK and Ireland in assisting us to promote and improve the Academy and the drama and acting classes provided. Becky had been sent by Nigel Le Page who is the Owner and Director of Helen O’Grady worldwide, to guide us and reinforce the support network provided by this organisation. Our thanks to Becky, Nigel and also to Alison Mazanac and Margaret Darley for their help in making SMHOG what it is today. That is, part of a network of drama classes providing children with the opportunity to learn life skills which will be vital to them in later life. In the future we hope to grow and expand into new areas around the region and offer the opportunity to attend the drama classes to more children and youth.

If you read this blog and think that you might like your child to have more confidence and self-esteem, helping them to achieve at school by increasing their attention and capacity to listen then the Helen O’Grady model of learning is for you. We operate a curriculum based method of learning for children between the age of 4 through 17 years.Alty UP EDThe lessons are dynamic and tailored specifically to the age of the child or youth. They are not competitive as they allow the child to achieve their maximum potential at their own speed, some are quicker than others but they all improve. These skills can be vital in the competitve world as access to work and often to further education can often be decided following interview. If your child is not confident and cannot communicate well, they may be disadvantaged against a smart, articulate and confident competitor.┬áThe classes are a mixture of various drama based disciplines such as mimes to music, role play and improvisation. It includes exercises in speech and also, although the students may not realise it, they are also learning to listen and discipline. Take a look at the second picture on this blog as it shows how a good teacher, our Principal Andy, has the attention of the class so that they learn the technique and skill of the lesson.

Alty Yth Confidence

Confidence needed to wear this clothing whilst posing for the Camera!

Our classes range from Kindy drama which runs for pre-school children between the ages of 2 to 4 years. Our current studios are at Antz in your Pantz in Timperley and a brand new studio opening on the 1st October at Hale Chapel Hale in Hale. The next classes are Lower Primary which take children aged between 5 to 8 years, followed by Upper Primary between 9 to 12 years and then youth until 17 years old. In addition, we have teachers available for school workshops and a “Back Yourself” scheme which we are about to offer to sixth forms where we work on the confidence skills for children to maximise their chance of work or further education. Any school can get in touch and we will provide details of our packages or, if you are a parent who thinks their child would benefit, approach your school and see if they will take our service.

The South Manchester Helen O’Grady Drama Academy is part of a worldwide organisation. The teaching methods have been developed over 34 years and have stood the test of time. We work hard to keep our classes fun, friendly and secure for the children to grow and express themselves creatively. We are very proud of what we do and what we achieve and, now, we are officially launched.

Interested? Give us a call on 0161 929 9586 or 07595 188484.

Alternatively we can be contacted by email to or, if you prefer to find us on facebook, look for us at This is our official facebook page where we publicise events and relevant news. Also there is an “Enquire Here” button which is really easy to use and gets a message to us very quickly. We ensure that we respond to all messages received within 24 hours during the week so if we have not got in touch then the message probably hasn’t got through to us.

Drama Classes available at Altrincham, Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme, Chorlton, Gatley, Sale, Stretford, Timperley and Urmston. Kindy Classes available at Timperley and Hale. More coming soon. Follow the blog or like us on facebook.

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