Bradley Stoke

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 our lovely Poppets ( ages 4-6), are with us from 10.15-11.45.

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-10am-1pm. (Poppets,10.15-11.45)

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Please contact us at david.verey@pqacademy.com to check availability

Dave Verey-Principal.

Bradley Stoke News

PQA Bradley Stoke
Saturday 10.00 - 13.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30 & 11.30 to 13.00
Bradley Stoke Community School
Fiddlers Wood Lane
Bradley Stoke
Gloucestershire
BS32 9BS (See on map)

Our People

Weekend Drama School PrincipalPrincipal – Dave Verey

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.

Weekend Drama School PrincipalPrincipal – Dave Verey

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.

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Weekend Drama School Vice PrincipalVice Principal – Trish

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.

Weekend Drama School Vice PrincipalVice Principal – Trish

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.

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Weekend Drama School Film and Television TeacherAlice – Film & Television

Alice performed her first role in the production “The Darling Bud’s of May” at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth when she was 13.

Since then, she has worked with production companies such as the BBC and Sky 1. She has acted in recent films such as ‘One’ and ‘Kid’s in Love’ and has also produced and played the lead in upcoming independent British feature film, ‘Father Was a Tall Man’.

Alice has a wide knowledge of the industry. As well as being being represented through Spotlight with agents of her own, she has also worked for London’s leading casting agency Hamilton Hodell and Cardiff’s leading agency, Mad Dog casting.

Alice has recently graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA Honours Degree in Drama is passionate about passing her knowledge on about the wondering world of acting.

Weekend Drama School Film and Television TeacherAlice – Film & Television

Alice performed her first role in the production “The Darling Bud’s of May” at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth when she was 13.

Since then, she has worked with production companies such as the BBC and Sky 1. She has acted in recent films such as ‘One’ and ‘Kid’s in Love’ and has also produced and played the lead in upcoming independent British feature film, ‘Father Was a Tall Man’.

Alice has a wide knowledge of the industry. As well as being being represented through Spotlight with agents of her own, she has also worked for London’s leading casting agency Hamilton Hodell and Cardiff’s leading agency, Mad Dog casting.

Alice has recently graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA Honours Degree in Drama is passionate about passing her knowledge on about the wondering world of acting.

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Weekend Drama School Film and Television TeacherAmy – Film & Television Cover

I have always had an avid interest in drama and have belonged to amateur drama groups since the age of 9. At 19 years of age I won a lead role in the NYMT’s production of Pal Joey, which we took to the Edinburgh Festival. At 21 I moved to London and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. On my return to Bristol I joined a profit- share theatre company called Riff Raff. We performed at various pub theatres in Bristol putting shows such as Comedy of Erros, Lulu and Sweeney Todd.

I went on to study as a mature student at UWE in Bristol, graduating with a first class degree in Drama and Cultural and Media Studies. My degree enabled me to develop my critical and analytical skills in relation to both media and theatre and also taught me the practical art of filmmaking. Since leaving university I have attended short courses in Acting for Screen at Bristol University and Film Directing with the London Film Academy. More recently I have been working with various children’s theatre groups in Bristol and I have also been focusing on another passion of mine, script writing.

I am very pleased to continue having the opportunity to share my skills and experience with the children at PQA, acting as cover to Alice when needed.

Weekend Drama School Film and Television TeacherAmy – Film & Television Cover

I have always had an avid interest in drama and have belonged to amateur drama groups since the age of 9. At 19 years of age I won a lead role in the NYMT’s production of Pal Joey, which we took to the Edinburgh Festival. At 21 I moved to London and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. On my return to Bristol I joined a profit- share theatre company called Riff Raff. We performed at various pub theatres in Bristol putting shows such as Comedy of Erros, Lulu and Sweeney Todd.

I went on to study as a mature student at UWE in Bristol, graduating with a first class degree in Drama and Cultural and Media Studies. My degree enabled me to develop my critical and analytical skills in relation to both media and theatre and also taught me the practical art of filmmaking. Since leaving university I have attended short courses in Acting for Screen at Bristol University and Film Directing with the London Film Academy. More recently I have been working with various children’s theatre groups in Bristol and I have also been focusing on another passion of mine, script writing.

I am very pleased to continue having the opportunity to share my skills and experience with the children at PQA, acting as cover to Alice when needed.

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Weekend Drama School Musical Theatre Teacher

Leanne – Musical Theatre

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.

Weekend Drama School Musical Theatre Teacher

Leanne – Musical Theatre

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.

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Weekend Drama School Comedy and Drama TeacherRob – Comedy & Drama

I studied theatre and performance at The Bridge Theatre Training Company. I currently working as a professional actor, but I enjoy the opportunities I get given of being able to share and teach the practices I work with.

My first professional job was at the age of 9 for the Nation Film School which later went on to win awards in the independent short French film festival. As a child I did professional work on and off during my school time and later decided to make this my main career path. Which I love.

Being able to teach allows me to share the processes I have developed and give other people the tools they would need if choosing to make this a career choice. But more importantly it gives a person strong skills for their day-to-day life. The confidence and self ability in what they do.

Teaching became something that interested me after working as an assistant choreographer and assistant direct on a number of different shows. The process of working with children and adults during those shows gave me a sense of what I am able to offer others.

I am very much looking forward to being able to share my love and enthusiasm of what I do with the young people of PQA.

Weekend Drama School Comedy and Drama TeacherRob – Comedy & Drama

I studied theatre and performance at The Bridge Theatre Training Company. I currently working as a professional actor, but I enjoy the opportunities I get given of being able to share and teach the practices I work with.

My first professional job was at the age of 9 for the Nation Film School which later went on to win awards in the independent short French film festival. As a child I did professional work on and off during my school time and later decided to make this my main career path. Which I love.

Being able to teach allows me to share the processes I have developed and give other people the tools they would need if choosing to make this a career choice. But more importantly it gives a person strong skills for their day-to-day life. The confidence and self ability in what they do.

Teaching became something that interested me after working as an assistant choreographer and assistant direct on a number of different shows. The process of working with children and adults during those shows gave me a sense of what I am able to offer others.

I am very much looking forward to being able to share my love and enthusiasm of what I do with the young people of PQA.

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Weekend Drama School Comedy and Drama TeacherAlex – Drama Cover

I have just completed my 1st year of the 3 year acting course at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Before moving to Bristol to study, I was a member of many amateur theatre groups and performed in the Devon Youth Theatre company three times.

I also directed two performances in secondary school, Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Oh, What A Lovely War!

All of which, I hope, will give me a good pool of skills to draw on for working at PQA!

Weekend Drama School Comedy and Drama TeacherAlex – Drama Cover

I have just completed my 1st year of the 3 year acting course at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Before moving to Bristol to study, I was a member of many amateur theatre groups and performed in the Devon Youth Theatre company three times.

I also directed two performances in secondary school, Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Oh, What A Lovely War!

All of which, I hope, will give me a good pool of skills to draw on for working at PQA!

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Weekend Drama School Poppets TeacherOrla – Poppets

Orla developed her passion for Drama and particularly Music Theatre from a very young, and has always been involved in it one way or another since the age of four. As a result she takes delight in watching the children at PQA grow and develop, knowing it is very similar to where she started out too. She gained qualifications in Music Theatre from the age of 10 and by 13 years old had achieved her grade 8 Music Theatre exam with excellent results, before getting her diploma at 15. Furthermore she took Drama at GCSE and Theatre Studies at A-Level, where she learnt much more about the theory behind it all.

Her early training consisted of drama, singing, ballet, jazz and tap lessons. Her first professional work was in the Bristol Old Vic’s annual pantomime, where she was a cast member in ‘Mother Goose’ in 1998/99. The following year she went on to play one of her dream roles as young Eponine/Cossette in Cameron Macintosh’s ‘Les Miserables’ tour at the Bristol Hippodrome- one of the highlights of her performing career. She went on to be a member of BMYP, where she played starring roles in musicals such as The Wiz, High School Musical, Hair, plus many more, and got the fantastic opportunity to perform on Disneyland Paris’ prestigious stages on a couple of occasions. She loved the fact that she got to be involved in so many musicals with BMYP, allowing great diversity in each production, performing in many well-known and loved shows.

Orla’s very proud to be the Poppet’s teacher, allowing her to keep Music Theatre in her life, whilst thoroughly enjoying every second of her time there. It’s been fantastic for her to watch her children develop week on week in their performance and confidence.

Weekend Drama School Poppets TeacherOrla – Poppets

Orla developed her passion for Drama and particularly Music Theatre from a very young, and has always been involved in it one way or another since the age of four. As a result she takes delight in watching the children at PQA grow and develop, knowing it is very similar to where she started out too. She gained qualifications in Music Theatre from the age of 10 and by 13 years old had achieved her grade 8 Music Theatre exam with excellent results, before getting her diploma at 15. Furthermore she took Drama at GCSE and Theatre Studies at A-Level, where she learnt much more about the theory behind it all.

Her early training consisted of drama, singing, ballet, jazz and tap lessons. Her first professional work was in the Bristol Old Vic’s annual pantomime, where she was a cast member in ‘Mother Goose’ in 1998/99. The following year she went on to play one of her dream roles as young Eponine/Cossette in Cameron Macintosh’s ‘Les Miserables’ tour at the Bristol Hippodrome- one of the highlights of her performing career. She went on to be a member of BMYP, where she played starring roles in musicals such as The Wiz, High School Musical, Hair, plus many more, and got the fantastic opportunity to perform on Disneyland Paris’ prestigious stages on a couple of occasions. She loved the fact that she got to be involved in so many musicals with BMYP, allowing great diversity in each production, performing in many well-known and loved shows.

Orla’s very proud to be the Poppet’s teacher, allowing her to keep Music Theatre in her life, whilst thoroughly enjoying every second of her time there. It’s been fantastic for her to watch her children develop week on week in their performance and confidence.

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Weekend Drama School AssistantSean – 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.

Weekend Drama School AssistantSean – 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.

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Weekend Drama School Teaching AssistantChloe – 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.

Weekend Drama School Teaching AssistantChloe – 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.

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Weekend Drama School AssistantEmily – 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.

Weekend Drama School AssistantEmily – 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.

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Weekend Drama School AssistantBen – 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!

Weekend Drama School AssistantBen – 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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