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Harare Academy launches this week.

28 October

The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy launches its acclaimed international drama programme in Harare on Friday, 30th October and Saturday, 31st October, Harare. 

The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy prides itself as the largest drama school in the world, operating in 40 countries globally and throughout Africa. With its unique curriculum, developed over 40 years, the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy aims to develop confidence, self-esteem, creative thinking, communication and acting skills across the 3 to 18 age range. 


Introductory lessons for kids and teens from ages 5-18 will take place on Friday, 30th October from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm at 22, Suffolk Road, Strathaven.


22, Suffolk Road, Strathaven On Saturday, 31st October from 2-4 pm parents will get to meet International Director, Duncan Rice, from South Africa. He will demonstrate how the programme develops essential 21st Century Skills in children and adults.  
Duncan Rice studied teaching and drama in South Africa, where he was born, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He was Head of Drama at St John's, Cambridge, in the United Kingdom before becoming the Helen O'Grady Principal for Northern Ireland. Over the course of his career he has acted in film and theatre, but most particularly established himself as a director of many innovative children's productions, aimed at bringing young people together from all communities and backgrounds. He received a prestigious Award from the British Franchise Association for his innovative work with the Academy in Northern Ireland, where he established the largest drama school in Ireland, and the largest branch in the worldwide network of the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy with over 1300 students. Many of these students have appeared in major films, television, radio and the theatre. He has also developed the international Shakespeare SLAM competition for schools. Following Duncan's huge success in developing one of the largest Academy's on the Helen O'Grady network in Cape Town Academy with over 3500 students, he now focuses on mentoring and developing principals and teachers throughout Africa and has also been assisting Indian with their development.

The success of this organisation, which has over 100,000 students, comes from the strong belief in nurturing the innate talents of all its students, using experienced, fully qualified and vetted teachers. All the Academy’s teachers undergo an extensive training in the Helen O’Grady curriculum and teaching methods to ensure each student is encouraged in a warm, positive learning environment. Students can progress through the Academy from 3 through to 18 without ever repeating a lesson.

The drama programme caters for four distinct age-groups:

Kindy Drama Classes (3-5 years)
The Kindy programme empowers young children and their natural self through creative drama, working with children to build confidence, communication and interactive skills though drama techniques, for example: storytelling, improvisation, devised theatre and play, mime and dance and much more. 

This curriculum runs throughout school terms in private studios and pre-schools.  The sessions run for 45 minutes per class and parents stay or wait outside depending upon the age of the child and ratio of teacher and children. The sessions run set and seasonal themes throughout the year. 
The lessons are structured and devised to allow creative development as we believe every child matters and drama is such a rewarding experience regardless of age. Children take from drama what they need and we work with the children to achieve whatever that may be, no matter what age they are. 

Lower Primary Classes (5-8 years)

Highly active lessons, using a wide range of creative activities such as speech, dance drama, movement, improvisation, snippets and scene starters, develop children’s skills to be participants in all aspects of their lives. Through this, students are encouraged to ask questions, seek answers and share information with others. Dress up days, along with the use of props and make up, add an extra dimension and excitement to these fast-paced, exhilarating classes. 

Upper Primary Classes (9-12 years) 

Students are given many opportunities to act out a great variety of situations in a fun-filled atmosphere. They are encouraged to quickly learn how to accept new challenges and explore new directions. All these aspects enrich the lives of students and contribute to their personal growth as they learn to take on and enact convincing characters, sustain believable plots and express themselves appropriately and confidently.

Youth Theatre (13- 18 years) 

The Youth Theatre covers a dynamic and comprehensive theatre-arts programme. It attracts a wide range of young people, from those seeking to increase their confidence and speaking ability, to those hoping to pursue acting as a career.
All students attend a one-hour lesson, each week of the school year.  In the summer term all the students begin rehearsing a scripted play, devised for their particular age-group, which is performed to a public audience. This is the highlight of the Academy’s year and reflects the talents and the skills of the students and their teachers.

To find out about this unique programme and to register for the introductory classes, contact: Talent Madziva on 07729788800 
E-mail: harare@dramaafrica.com   Web: www.dramaafrica.com

*Please note that all Covid-19 Protocols will be followed.

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