Big News - Change of Name, Change of Logo, Same Quality Classes

We have changed our name from Helen O'Grady Drama Academy, Sussex to Drama Kids Sussex + DK Youth Theatre, Sussex.

Drama Kids Brand Change

Drama classes for all

Drama Kids Sussex + DK Youth Theatre, Sussex is much more than a drama school. We’re a friendly, diverse and inclusive family where every student is welcome and encouraged to make huge strides in self-confidence whilst working at their own pace. In our professionally run classes, children of all ages learn how to act, interact and – most importantly – feel good about being themselves, supported by an internationally recognised curriculum. We also run adult groups and corporate communication and voice training and CPD on request... well, why should anyone miss out on all the fun? You’ll find us in schools and arts venues across East and West Sussex. Try us out- Book your introductory classes now

Our Autumn Term 2023

Our Autumn Term 2023

Hello and welcome to a NEW term, a NEW name and a NEW website! We are feeling refreshed and all set to 'Go for it!' in our autumn term. I hope you are feeling rested and ready for action too! 🙂.

Whilst we bid a fond farewell to our old name, Helen O Grady, Sussex we have not lost any of our incredible curriculum, teaching methods or ethos. So, Drama Kids covers our primary & junior classes whilst our seniors (11+) get their own identity and are now called DK Youth Theatre. I couldn't put it better than one of our pupils about why it's such a positive name change - 'I like our new name because it puts the most important thing about why I love coming here in the spotlight- in other words DRAMA + KIDS = US!'.

Autumn 'Go for it!' 2023 term is all about upping our drama skills and having fun with drama and acting. We'll be inviting parents, carers and families into our informal studio presentations before the Christmas break to watch us run a sample class with an icing sugar dusting of performance (mince pies, as always, will feature for guests!).

Then it's onto our very popular Xmas Drama & Dance holiday clubs (Drama +). Save the date: Bookings will be open soon for 18, 19 & 20 December.

If you want to join us for our annual Drama Kids Academy Family Panto outing- Jack & the Beanstalk. I'll be announcing our exclusive family and friends discount and dates tbc soon. Once again, we'll be VIP guests of our friends at Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham (where we are the resident drama club Mondays and Tuesdays). There will be a Saturday morning show for Drama Kids and weekday evening show for DKYT.

Watch this space! We are busy designing NEW merch and club tees/hoodies ready for Christmas and gift vouchers for classes have had a revamp.

Don't forget to let me know all your drama related news/ pics on our FB & IG socials @DramaKids+DKYouthTheatre,Sussex (we are nosey and interested in what our #DKAFam get up to as always!) or email me here in the office.

As the nights draw in, we're here to add a drama sparkle to your Autumn term.


PS.: Khola (DK's resident canine) gives you all a high paw!

Khola paw print


Parent/Student Ambassador Role

If you’d like to become a Parent or Student Ambassador (DK Youth Theatre pupils) and join our ambassador scheme, please get in touch If you’d like to know more about my brilliant team - just ask! Gareth (your Principal).

What people say about DRAMA KIDS, SUSSEX

Throughout the 6 years of attending Drama Kids Sussex Academy, I have loved every second of it- from joining when I was 10 years old to leaving at 16. I used to be a very diffident, quiet person before joining, and now I’ve found myself to be quite the opposite. I think this is to a large extent thanks to my experience at Drama Kids Sussex. Through Drama Kids Sussex, not only have I gained confidence that will stick with me for life, but I have also made some amazing friends along the way. I used to never think I’d have the guts to perform on stage Infront of lots of people, but the atmosphere provided by the Drama Kids Sussex team and being able to perform with people I got on with really well really made those performances turn into happy memories that I’ll cherish forever. The teachers made every class very enjoyable and inclusive. 

I have done a fair few Drama Kids Sussex summer schools during my time and that’s been a memorable experience, getting to know other people from different groups that share the same passion as you. This academy allows us as students to be creative and gain confidence.

From Anna aged 16

My son’s drama teacher at Drama Kids Sussex has been a huge inspiration to him. The lesson has benefited him in countless ways and he enjoys and looks forward to every lesson. He would go every day if he could!

Natasha, George’s mum

I would highly recommend both the Drama Kids Sussex drama classes and the Drama Kids Sussex summer school. The teacher is great with the kids – they love her – and she works hard with them to put on shows they are proud to be part of.

Julie-Anne, Noah’s mum

Eva has loved coming to Drama Kids Sussex drama classes. She is always keen and reports that she has had fun. The teachers are really warm and friendly and they have a great rapport with both the children and the parents.

Jon, Eva’s dad