It's crazy to think that my first lesson was that long ago, but I can still remember all of it! I was going as part of 'bring a friend' week and was thrown right in with 'verbal dynamics' I didn't feel out of place or intimidated by anyone in the group, I settled right in and persuaded my mum to let me join and go back the next week. My first year was in Upper Primary and then, as the numbers increased the Academy launched a Youth Theatre in Biggleswade which is the class I still attend today with many of the same people!
I really think it helped me throughout my school life, making me more confident and helping with the achievements I've made. It has also helped me with communication, I used to talk really fast and sometimes people didn’t understand me but the classes helped me learn techniques to speak slowly and clearly. It also gave me something else to focus on, other than exams and school work.
Unlike many other drama schools, the classes aren't all about making everyone into Hollywood stars and pressure to be perfect and perform, it's about self development and helping everyone truly be themselves!
Lucinda is such an amazing drama teacher and I'm sure I speak on behalf of all of Helen O'Grady. I've learnt so much from her over the years and she's definitely inspired me to pursue a career in teaching. I can honestly say that in 7 years of classes, I've never had two lessons the same, every week is fun and I learn something new!
The summer term is my favourite because we get to do the end of year shows! Everyone works really hard as a team and the performances are always a success, everyone gets really excited and a little bit nervous, but we always wish we could get up there and do it again!
From 'Circus Capers' to 'The Waiting Room' I've had the best time ever being part of the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy and I'm going to miss it and everyone sooooo much when I leave to go off to Uni!