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Hello, my name is Dave, and I am Principal of PQA Bradley Stoke, which is held at Bradley Stoke Community School, a modern school with great facilities and plenty of space.

We operate every Saturday Morning from 10am-1pm and, from April 2015, from 2pm-5pm, our lovely Poppets (ages 4-5), are with us at two sessions during the morning.

At PQA Bradley Stoke, our first,and foremost aim is to build confidence as well as ability, for each and every student- regardless of whether they have any experience in the performing arts or not.

I am proud to have witnessed the personal growth of many students who started out believing they lacked ability or confidence , and I believe this results from huge enjoyment from their classes, along with being encouraged to develop their talents without pressure.

We have lots of exciting opportunities and events to look forward to as well, including a chance to enter the PQA Film festival, which gives students an amazing chance to see their own film project on the big screen in Leicester Square, London.

We offer Masterclasses from various professionals ranging from Street Dance to Mask workshops, storytelling, stage make-up etc- each topic adding to the students abilities and also great fun to do, we are currently working toward our West End Show called Fright Night, which PQA Bradley Stoke will perform on the stage of Her Majesty's Theatre in Londons West End.

There's never a dull moment and always something new and exciting to be added, so please contact us for a FREE taster session to see for yourself what we can offer.

How to book your FREE taster session...

We always recommend a free taster session with us. It helps any prospective student and parent know what PQA is all about and what to expect. Our taster days give your child a chance to join in all three classes whilst parents are encouraged to stay for refreshments,view the classes and the academy by the Principal, and offers the chance to ask any questions you may have.

We aim for your taster day to be an enjoyable visit to see what wonderful opportunities and training our students are offered, in a welcoming family type community.

Taster Session Times
Main Academy: 9.45am-1.00pm & 1.45pm-5.00pm
Poppets: 10.00am-11.30am, 11.30am - 1.00pm & 2.00pm - 3.30pm

We look forward to meeting you soon!

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Meet the Team

Dave Verey


Dave Verey - Principal

My background is mainly in sport- firstly playing football for many years,then training to be a football coach, it is this experience that prepared me to work with students of various ages,and which I now put into practice with managing PQA Bradley Stoke,as I have done since 2009.

Two of my three children are involved in performing arts ( both feature on PQA Bradley Stoke web page) and I feel many years of watching performances and making several journeys to auditions, (and even chaperoning on a few jobs) have enabled me in my role as Principal to converse with parents and students who are hoping to do the same thing.

I have always enjoyed all aspects of performance and embraced the opportunity to become more involved when I was offered the chance to run PQA Bradley Stoke, which I've thoroughly enjoyed doing for the past four years.


Vice Principal

Trish - Vice Principal

My background has been mainly backstage, having worked as a wardrobe assistant, (and sometimes, chaperone), for many professional theatre productions for several years.

My role now, at PQA, involves all admin and assisting Dave and all staff as and when needed. This means quite a lot of variation so never a dull moment!

I'm very proud to be part of a very sociable,talented and supportive team at Bradley Stoke.


Musical Theatre / PM Vice Principal

Leanne - Musical Theatre / PM Vice Principal

I graduated in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre from Performers College. Whilst training I gained teaching qualifications in ISTD Modern and Tap dance, as well as teaching drama to children at the weekends. My training consisted of various styles of dance, (including ballet, tap, modern technique, all jazz styles, contemporary, partner work, choreography and street dance), singing (including ensemble and harmony work, practical musicianship and recording experience), Musical Theatre and drama. Throughout my training I was lucky enough to learn from some of the best in the industry and to perform at great venues in London in a variety of shows. I was also dance captain in my third year productions of 'I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change' and 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'. After graduating from Performers, I took the London Actors Workshop course where I took part in master classes with professional actors and casting directors, and performed in the final showcase at The Cockpit Theatre in London.

My credits include commercial for 'Danepak', Ellie in 'Strangers in the Park', 'Aladdin', 'Dick Whittington' and 'Jack and the Beanstalk', all for UK Productions at The Theatre Royal Bath.

After graduating I gained more teaching experience, including Street Dance master classes at various PQA Academies and then began teaching Musical Theatre at PQA Bradley Stoke when it opened in 2009. I currently continue to teach here as well as at the PQA Cheltenham afternoon sessions. I particularly enjoy choreographing and my highlight at PQA so far has to be working on our show 'American Dreams' and seeing the children perform my choreography at Her Majesty's Theatre in London's West End



Film & Television

Jack - Film & Television

After training at East 15 Acting School Jack has played many roles from a 1960's gangster to ordinary lost property worker and most recently a Pirate!

Having worked in many well established theatres and performed on screen in numerous independent and feature films Jack is able to combine performance and film making with a unique perspective.

As a professionally trained theatre practitioner Jack has worked with countless theatre groups and young people and is looking forward to a new adventure with PQA Bradley Stoke.

Having previously created and managed a variety of arts based projects and gaining an extensive background in teaching and directing professional theatre and film, Jack is looking forward to delivering exciting and innovative work with the students at PQA.
Jack has a keen eye for photography and also enjoys a physically active lifestyle. In his down time Jack enjoys perfecting his many random talents including fire breathing and stilt walking then passes the time by spinning a cushion on his finger and balancing a chair on his chin!

We are certain he will bring lots of fun at PQA Bradley Stoke


Comedy & Drama

Rob - Comedy & Drama

I trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, during which time I also developed a love of teaching young people as part of the Activ-8 group.

During my training, I was recommended as cover for PQA Bristol, working alongside Trish, before becoming a regular teacher at PQA Bradley Stoke.

As Elliot Chapman, my theatre credits include: the UK tour of 'Yes Prime Minster', 'Stone Cold' at The Mill at Sonning, a South West tour of Arthur Miller's 'Two Way Mirror', Shakespeare in rep ('Measure for Measure', 'Two Gentleman of Verona' and 'Macbeth'), plus shows in and around Bristol including, 'Outside' at The Brewery Theatre, 'The Good Soul of Szechuan' at the Bristol Old Vic Studio, 'Time and the Conways' at Circomedia and – most recently – 'Look Back in Anger' at The Alma Theatre.

I have recently been cast as 'Doctor Who' companion Ben Jackson (alongside Frazer Hines and Anneke Wills from the original 1960s series) on the audio range 'Doctor Who – The Early Years', produced by Big Finish Productions under licence from the BBC.

On television, I appeared in 'The Fear' opposite Peter Mullan and will be shooting a TV comedy pilot in January 2015.

My aim is to teach children and young people the techniques and craft of acting and performance at a young age to give them an early start in honing their abilities as actors. Lessons should be fun but underpinned by proven methods so that students can, if they choose, slot into any area of the industry, be it acting for commercials, screen, theatre, in comedy, radio, or corporate media.



Leah - Poppets

I am currently in my second year of training at Bath Spa University studying Musical Theatre.

I am training in acting, singing (including contemporary, rock, opera, lyrical and jazz) and also various styles of dance including Ballet, Tap, Modern and many styles of Jazz.

I am a part of the Disabled Children's Team in North Somerset and have been working 1 to 1 with many children with a variety of needs for 4 years; mostly children aged 2 to 18. Through this I have gained a great deal of experience with children that have complex mental, physical, emotional and behavioural needs.

I began with PQA Bradley Stoke in January 2013 as a Red Group Member where I was a part of the Musical Theatre shows; Fright Night, Thoroughly Marvellous Musicals and For The Love Of Musicals. I then became a Classroom Assistant mostly shadowing the Green Group in the afternoon session at PQA Bradley Stoke since the Academy opened.

I also teach on a voluntary basis at a number of community Theatre Groups in the local area, and through this have gained a great deal of experience with teaching different age groups as well as different ability levels.

I am so excited to work with the PQA Bradley Stoke Poppets and will be working with them towards all of their shows while watching them flourish into young performers.


Drama Cover

Alex - Drama Cover


Academy Assistant

Sean - Academy Assistant

Sean has been acting since the age of 9 and has appeared in Casualty,Doctors,The Bill.

At 16, he played ALEX FARLEY in THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS,a 2 part drama alongside Neil Pearson, and Hermione Norris,and 'James' in the first series of "SKINS" 'Dan' in SHELFSTACKERS,for BBC Switch.

His Film credits include DEAD MAN RUNNING and THE HOT POTATO, and several short films such as BRO,INTERVAL,IN THE BACK and has just finished working on the feature film, NINA FOREVER.

He has completed two series as JAMIE in PRAMFACE, for BBC3, and will soon be filming a third series, and is currently very pleased to be working alongside Pauline on the Birds of a Feather tour.

Sean is the son of Principal and Vice principal Dave and Trish, and has been involved with PQA Bradley Stoke as much as possible.

He was also taught by PQA's very own creative Director,Sarah Counsell and has been involved with teaching Drama at PQA Bradley Stoke Summer schools for the past two years.


Academy Assistant

Chloe - Academy Assistant

Chloe is a former PQA Student leaving for university and returning as often as she can to assist or stand in for classes.

Her experiences as a student with us has been a great advantage with all aspects of the academy and she performs all PQA duties however diverse, with great enthusiasm and efficiency, and is an invaluable member of staff.


Academy Assistant

Emily - Academy Assistant

Emily is a very recent former student and played the role of 'Frankie' in our West End Performance of 'Fright Night'.

She brings amazing competence and understanding of how important the role of Academy Assistant is,which is thanks to her dedication she displayed over 4 years as a student with us, and we are very happy to have her as part of the team.


Academy Assistant

Ben - Academy Assistant

Ben is a former PQA Student, who was with us for two years before going off to Bath University, where he is studying Drama- both performing and teaching.

Being a member of staff affords Ben the opportunity to learn and gain teaching experience, whilst we enjoy having him around that bit more!

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 17.00
Poppets 09.45 - 11.30 & 11.30 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 15.30

Bradley Stoke Community School
Fiddlers Wood Lane
Bradley Stoke
BS32 9BS

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