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The Helen Donohue School of Speech and Drama

The Helen Donohue School of Speech and Drama THE HELEN DONOHUE SCHOOL OF SPEECH AND DRAMA Establised in 1999 the school offers Drama classes, Age 4 - 18yrs at Shawe Hall Community Centre.

Including acting, improvisation, musical theatre, and communication skills. Speech and Musical Theatre classes leading to LAMDA Examinations, gaining UCAS points for university application forms. The ethos of the school is to encourage young people to be confident and expressive in a fun but disciplined atmosphere. For further information please contact
Helen on: 0161 202 9440
07917 335674

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23/07/2022

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πŸ“’ Calling all budding Musical Theatre performers in the North - we are holding a FREE Taster Day Experience/Audition for our new Manchester-based Foundation course on Friday 12 August at Z-arts!

The day will include an ensemble-based group workshop, a dance workshop, and the opportunity to perform and work on your pre-prepared speeches and songs. Come along and discover a taste of Mountview's world-class Musical Theatre training.

Find out more πŸ‘‰ http://ow.ly/Wna950JZ9tH

10/07/2022

After a long (rather hot) day of LAMDA Examinations in Acting and Musical Theatre, I would like to congratulate all my students on their hard work, dedication and professionalism. I was so proud of you all today. Also, thank you to all the parents for their continued support, encouragement and for sending your children looking so smart today, giving a real sense of occasion. They represented you and our school extremely well.
🎭 🎢 ❀️

10/07/2022
Last night was my final ever lesson with these two young ladies. I have been teaching Emily and Jenna for last 14yrs. It...
09/07/2022

Last night was my final ever lesson with these two young ladies. I have been teaching Emily and Jenna for last 14yrs. It has been such a privilege to not only watch them both grow in to such talented actresses but to see them become such amazing you women with extremely bright futures ahead of them. I will miss you both so much and I will always be here for you throughout your lives. Love always. Helen. X 🎭 🎢 ❀️

We ended a busy week with another brilliant performance this time from the Thursday students. I'm incredibly proud of al...
07/07/2022

We ended a busy week with another brilliant performance this time from the Thursday students. I'm incredibly proud of all my students this week who all worked so well together as a team. Have a relaxing, fun filled summer! πŸŽΌπŸŽ­β˜€οΈ

Congratulations to all my Sunday students on two wonderful performances today. I was incredibly proud of you all. The co...
03/07/2022

Congratulations to all my Sunday students on two wonderful performances today. I was incredibly proud of you all. The community spirit today truly warmed my heart and made me more privileged than ever to work with such amazing children and their families.
🎭🎢❀️

02/07/2022
21/06/2022

πŸ“£ AUDITIONS FOR THE SOUND OF MUSIC πŸ“£

The Audition Date for the von Trapp Children, Lisel and Rolf – Sunday 17th July

The Audition Date for Adults – Tuesday 19th July

Information on how to get involved and what to prepare can be found on our audition page on our website ⬇️

https://www.altrinchamgarrick.co.uk/get-involved/audition-news/

We are a diverse theatre and we welcome auditionees of all ages, genders, ethnicities, sexualities, disabilities and races, to enrich the work of the production.

We are always open to welcoming new actors to our Theatre, as well as welcoming back familiar faces!

πŸ” β›ͺ️ 🎼

09/06/2022

I wanted to share this lovely moment with you all. This is Ellie who is 7yrs old. When she arrived at her drama lesson today she told us she had been learning the "cup song" and wanted to perform it for us. We thought you were amazing Ellie. Well done gorgeous! πŸ‘β€οΈ

04/06/2022
28/05/2022

Yesterday we went to watch the new Downton film with mum and dad, which was fabulous. As we were leaving the Trafford centre we noticed the piano free for anyone to show their skills, so of course we persuaded mum to play. As we linked arms walking back to the car I said "how long have you been playing the piano now mum" to which she replied "74yrs".
Whilst she was playing there were 3 teenage girls watching/listening open mouthed and smiling and a young family who also clapped. I was so proud to see my mum in her element with a lump in throat. As her close friend Ian used to call her "the kitten of the keyboards".
❀️🎹🎡

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On Saturday evening we were able to hold our annual "Evening of Entertainment" once again, the first time since 2019. Th...
16/05/2022

On Saturday evening we were able to hold our annual "Evening of Entertainment" once again, the first time since 2019. This is a special evening for all the acting and musical theatre Lamda students to perform for their families. This year we had a really varied mix from Tennessee Williams to Shakespeare and Oklahoma to The Greatest Showman. Such a wealth of talented young people on that stage. I couldn't have been more proud. Congratulations to you all from an incredibly proud teacher. 🎭🎢❀️

Another lovely catch up with ex-students. Two at University and one still with me who has an apprenticeship at the BBC. ...
20/04/2022

Another lovely catch up with ex-students. Two at University and one still with me who has an apprenticeship at the BBC. So good to hear how well you're all doing. So incredibly proud of you all and thanks for love and laughter today. ❀️

19/04/2022
17/04/2022
05/04/2022
01/03/2022

Melissa is one of the mum's at our drama school. Take a look at her beautiful designs. Great for gifts or just treat yourself! Let's all support her new venture. ❀️

19/02/2022
So my school is closed this week but some of my students are taking Lamda exams on Saturday and I offered them a final f...
15/02/2022

So my school is closed this week but some of my students are taking Lamda exams on Saturday and I offered them a final free lesson before the exam. The acting students suggested we have a social, takeaway evening at my house and go through their pieces. As ever they worked hard and we had such a great evening full of lots of laughter and chats. I love working with these amazing young people and that our home is also theirs. ❀️

10/02/2022
01/01/2022
16/12/2021
When one of your senior students is a trainee pastry chef and she makes these for you as a Xmas present. Baileys, triple...
11/12/2021

When one of your senior students is a trainee pastry chef and she makes these for you as a Xmas present. Baileys, triple chocolate and salted caramel espresso eclairs!!! Thank you so much Emily Kitchen. X β€οΈπŸŽ„

Another amazing performance this evening this time from our Thursday students. I was incredibly proud of their talent, d...
09/12/2021

Another amazing performance this evening this time from our Thursday students. I was incredibly proud of their talent, drive and commitment. Such a great atmosphere and so wonderful to all be together again. Thank you to all of my students for their hard work and wonderful performances. I love you all! β€οΈπŸŽΆπŸŽ­πŸŽ„πŸŽ…

Had a lovely evening of LAMDA acting classes before we break up for Xmas at the end of this week. Treats, giggles and ev...
07/12/2021

Had a lovely evening of LAMDA acting classes before we break up for Xmas at the end of this week. Treats, giggles and even some homemade brownies and truffles from our pattiserie chef in training and they were amazing! Love being with these young people. ❀️🎭

Christmas has officially started! πŸŽ„ Today my students finally got to perform with a live audience for the first time in ...
05/12/2021

Christmas has officially started! πŸŽ„ Today my students finally got to perform with a live audience for the first time in 2yrs and they absolutely blew me away. I was so proud of their talent, professionalism and team work. The community spirit in that room today was so moving. Thank you to all of my students for their hard work and creativity. I love you all! β€οΈπŸŽΆπŸŽ­πŸŽ„πŸŽ…

03/12/2021
Very proud of all my students who observed the 2 minutes silence with such respect today.
14/11/2021

Very proud of all my students who observed the 2 minutes silence with such respect today.

31/10/2021
30/10/2021
14/10/2021
There are presently places available in our Infant (age 4-7yrs) and Junior (age 8-11yrs) drama classes.  Based at Shawe ...
25/09/2021

There are presently places available in our Infant (age 4-7yrs) and Junior (age 8-11yrs) drama classes. Based at Shawe Hall Community Centre, Church Rd. For a free taster lesson please contact Helen 🎭

This is Alice Pennington. Alice was a student with me for 10yrs and in that time it was an absolute privilege to work wi...
25/09/2021
Henshaws InSights | Alice's Story | Stories about sight loss

This is Alice Pennington. Alice was a student with me for 10yrs and in that time it was an absolute privilege to work with such an intelligent and articulate young woman. Please take time to watch this short film. It gives us all a true insight to what life is like when you are visually impaired. During the 10yrs I taught Alice we actually had a role reversal and she taught me so much. Congratulations Alice on all your achievements. X ❀️

In this video meet Alice.Alice is a Henshaws service user, turned member of staff, who shares her story and details of her sight loss journey in this episode...

After a stressful week trying to open we are finally back tomorrow at Shawe Hall. Thank you to all our parents and stude...
11/09/2021

After a stressful week trying to open we are finally back tomorrow at Shawe Hall. Thank you to all our parents and students for their support this week. I can't wait to see you all tomorrow! 🎭🎢❀️

03/09/2021

IMPORTANT UPDATE

I'm afraid today hasn't brought any good news regarding opening the school as usual on Sunday for the start of our 23rd year. We are working as hard as we can to get things moving and have been doing so since March last year. Unfortunately the inadequacy of others is now impacting on our school and children. I am devastated that we can't open. Having dedicated 22yrs of my life working with the young people of our community I'm infuriated that this has been allowed to happen. I will be spending Monday contacting as many people in power as I can to try and get this sorted. I will contact you again as soon as I know we can open the building but until then please assume we are still closed. With a heavy heart but determined spirit.

Best wishes,
Helen. X

25/08/2021
12/08/2021
29/07/2021

I've finally finished editing our summer shows. Please check your emails parents. Enjoy watching your wonderful perform!

Love, Helen.
🎭🎢🌈❀️

Thought some of my students might be interested. Go for it! 🎭
24/07/2021

Thought some of my students might be interested. Go for it! 🎭

πŸ’« πŸ§šβ€β™‚οΈ We’re incredibly excited to be announcing auditions for our Pantomime - PETER PAN! πŸ’« πŸ§šβ€β™‚οΈ

Oh yes we are !!

Auditions for Adult Actors will be on Tuesday 10th August 2021

Auditions for Child Actors (9+) will be on Thursday 19th August 2021

Please note, PETER PAN runs for 26 performances plus a Charity Preview.

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We are a diverse theatre and we welcome auditionees of all genders, ethnicities, sexualities, disabilities and races, to enrich the work of the production.

Further information, including an audition pack and how to register for an audition, can be found under the AUDITIONS tab on our website or via the link below:

https://www.altrinchamgarrick.co.uk/get-involved/audition-news/

17/07/2021
11/07/2021

After a long day of LAMDA Examinations in Acting and Musical Theatre I would like to congratulate all my students on their hard work, dedication and professionalism. I was so proud of you today. Also, thank you to all the parents for their continued support, encouragement and for sending your children looking so smart today, giving a real sense of occasion. They represented you and our school extremely well.
πŸ’œπŸŽΌπŸŽ­

10/07/2021
Photos from The Helen Donohue School of Speech and Drama's post
10/07/2021

Photos from The Helen Donohue School of Speech and Drama's post

Today we continued filming the Thursday students and some of the wonderful work they having been doing, which I will be ...
08/07/2021

Today we continued filming the Thursday students and some of the wonderful work they having been doing, which I will be editing into films for their parents. I'm so incredibly proud of how they have worked through the lockdowns on Zoom and the live classes with all the restrictions. The resilience, creativity and support of each other has been truly admirable to witness. Below are some of the photos of the Thursday infant and junior students at work. Sadly some of our students are in isolation so couldn't take part but don't worry we have many more shows ahead in years to come. Congratulations to you all on your performances. 🎢🎭🌈

Photos from The Helen Donohue School of Speech and Drama's post
08/07/2021

Photos from The Helen Donohue School of Speech and Drama's post

Yesterday we couldn't have our usual summer shows and awards day, but we did film some of the wonderful work my students...
05/07/2021

Yesterday we couldn't have our usual summer shows and awards day, but we did film some of the wonderful work my students having been doing, which I will be editing into films for their parents. I'm so incredibly proud of how they have worked through the lockdowns on Zoom and the live classes with all the restrictions. The resilience, creativity and support of each other has been truly admirable to witness. Below are some of the photos of the Sunday infant, junior and senior students at work. Congratulations to you all on your performances. 🎢🎭🌈

Colm Wynne is one of my  ex-students. After studying on an Acting Foundation Course at LAMDA in London and taking a year...
28/06/2021

Colm Wynne is one of my ex-students. After studying on an Acting Foundation Course at LAMDA in London and taking a year out during this year of lockdown, Colm has been offered a place on the Drama Course at the Oxford School of Drama. An independent Drama School in Oxford, founded in 1986, that trained such actors like Claire Foy and Lee Boardman. We wish Colm the best of luck on this 3 year course and we are sure a successful acting career will follow. I'm incredibly proud of you Colm and this is so well deserved.

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Helen is a graduate of LAMDA and has worked professionally in TV and theatre for many years.

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Brilliant work Helen Horridge making your skills available to as many of your students (our children) as possible during these unprecedented times. Smiles, laughter and fun activities to keep us all sane are much appreciated & all attempts to keep things β€˜as normal” as possible are worth a socially distance pat on the back. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Have a lovely Mother’s Day, stay strong & healthy and looking forward to more Zoom join ups soon.