Budding actor Stuart Campbell, 15 (PQA Aylesbury) has been cast as Prince Edward in the West End Stage production ‘Richard III’ alongside A-list actor Martin Freeman. Stuart is delighted to have won a part in the production through PQA’s dedicated agency Quirky Kidz. Stuart is no stranger to the West End stage: Director Jamie Lloyd previously cast him for a 12 week run in ‘Macbeth’ last year. Where he starred alongside James McAvoy. This new production will run at Trafalgar Studios from 1 July until 27 September.
Stuart honed his acting skills at the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts, which runs classes on Saturday morning at The Mandeville School, Aylesbury. PQA students receive tuition in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. The 4-18 year olds are currently working on their upcoming performance of ‘Fright Night’, PQA’s very own musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre in September.
Bookended by the whole academy’s feature films Hyde and Seek (a finalist in the PQA National competition) and Out Of Darkness, were a wide variety of the children’s own work.
From concept to editing, a lot of these films were shot on location in the children’s own time, and edited out of PQA class hours, thus demonstrating the passion for film making among the children at our academy.
Short films included music videos, a Jelly Baby mystery, a rather ambitious detective drama shot entirely on location by our red group and edited excellently. The highlight for me, however, was a short narrated film by some boys in the red group entitled Wobbly Teeth, which took you back to those childhood days where such an event was the be all and end all of life! A hysterical film with a concept which could only come from children!
PQA Summer School Presents…Wind in the Willows
Come and join us for a fun week of singing, dancing and acting as we rehearse the much loved story of The Wind in the Willows.
Set around the adventures of Ratty, Moley and Toad, this children’s story offers some beautiful songs along with some lovely numbers set to tunes we are all familiar with.
Places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis and are limited.
To book, please call Kym on 07800 921373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a booking form.
Tues 26 – Fri 29 August
10 am – 4 pm
The Mandeville School, Ellen Road, Aylesbury. HP21 8ES.
There will be a performance for family and friends on the last Friday.
All this happened in preparation for their workshop with ‘Goody’ from the show itself and prior to their performance of the song Fame in their West End show in September.
The cast were extremely friendly, posing for a photo with the children, and the workshop was upbeat and ‘exhausting’ but very well received. It showed the children what West End choreography is like and has given them the chance to imitate some of the moves!
All in all, a very good weekend and another excellent Musical Theatre class.
This year, we will be adapting the thought provoking play Us and Them to include music and live instruments. If you are a budding musician, this is one not to be missed!
Where: The Mandeville School, Ellen Road, Aylesbury. HP19 8NH
When: Tuesday 26th – Friday 29th August 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: £160 non PQA members; £140 members
For more information or to book, please contact Kym on 07800 921373 or email email@example.com
Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!
10% sibling discount and early bookers discount available
PQA Aylesbury was the sixth academy opened one year after its conception in 2007. We are now celebrating our five year anniversary, having launched our morning academy in September 2008 with the afternoon academy following in January 2009.
Over the past five years, we have seen many children come through the doors, experiencing all the fun of the sessions along with West End performances, Cinema screenings, filming on set, showcases, master classes, charity performances, MAD about Waddesdon, launches, award ceremonies and more!
In September this year, we merged the morning and afternoon sessions culminating in one fantastic group of talented and enthusiastic children.
Boy Soldiers, a short film made last year by our afternoon blue group, has already made it in to several film festivals world-wide, and last night, at the Limelight Film Awards in London, it won not only Best School Production but also Best Film.
The whole evening had an ‘Oscars’ feel to it and was ‘one of the best nights ever’.
We will be celebrating at our academy for a while and we look forward to releasing our next film Out of Darkness in the Autumn.
PQA Alyesbury’s short film “CTRL” which was featured at PQA’s Leicester Square awards ceremony last November is featured in this month’s Time Out Magazine.
To read the full article just click HERE
In spite of the torrential rain, spirits were high and not one of the sixty children, ranging from six to 16, involved complained.
This short film, based on the children at the academies ideas, written by Amy Coop, scored by Ashley Turner with lyrics by Laura Bower, features a young girl who opens a portal door to a whole other dimension featuring the good Wood Spirits and evil Lunatishees. With original songs, excellent dialogue and of course stunning performances, this fifteen minute musical promises to outshine our previous short films which have in the past made it in to festivals around the world.
The Pauline Quirke Academy prides itself on its friendly, fun atmosphere with the children learning new skills and working with people in the industry. This project has seen the children from both the morning and afternoon academies coming together and working exceptionally well in some very difficult conditions. As their principal, I am so proud of them.
Look out for the film this Autumn!