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Chislehurst & Sidcup

We are delighted to welcome you to PQA Chislehurst & Sidcup
Due to the phenomenal success of our morning sessions we are pleased to announce
PM sessions opening on
5th October 2013
(13.45 – 17.00)

Please feel fee to come along to our free open day on 5th October 2013. To receive our information pack please click HERE

or to secure your place at PQA Chislehurst & Sidcup you can enrol online HERE

ABOUT OUR OPENING DAY

Our aim is to introduce the ethos behind The Pauline Quirke Academy, to demonstrate what we do and how we achieve our goals, how your children will benefit from our classes and, above all, to allow your children to get a flavour of The Academy.

Following a brief introduction the children are divided into age groups and get to sample classes in Musical Theatre, Comedy & Drama and Film & Television (don’t worry if your child does not want to join in at this stage, we know that some will be shy, they can just watch and possibly have a go when they’re ready). Parents are welcome to stay with their children – of course this happens with the younger groups but teenagers will usually not have their parents anywhere near an unpolished performance!

During the classes parents can have some refreshments, a chat with the PQA staff, and really begin to learn what we are all about! We would also encourage spending some time sneaking a look at your children during their sessions. They really are great fun…

…I look forward to meeting you on the day!

My name is Heather and I am the proud new principal of PQA Chislehurst and Sidcup and welcome!

Our aim is to have fun, build confidence, make new friends, learn all about the performing arts – singing, dancing, acting, filming, directing, script writing, editing, making sound effects, stage combat, mime and much more. There is something for everyone infront or behind the scenes.

We follow cleverly designed Creative Stages Modules in Musical Theatre, Comedy and Drama and Film and TV and students get to rotate in hourly sessions in each. Plus we run the Poppets class for 4 and 5 year olds which is creative movement, dance, drama, singing and storytelling!

I have worked in Film and TV for many years and have taught Music and Film to young people for over 10 years! I love it! I am the Film and TV teacher at PQA Rochester and previously PQA Mallorca but I am so happy and so excited to have opened my own academy. I aim to lots of great things with my PQA Students – musicals, plays, pantos, showcases, films, trips to the theatre, film festivals, after show parties you name it!

Pauline is very involved in her academies, we liase with head office daily and it’s Pauline’s ethos that drives us to continue the good work of passing on performing arts skills to the young people in the local area and what a great opportunity not to be missed!

Pauline, myself and all my teachers find teaching very rewarding. Giving back to the students, watching them grow as people and express their inner talents is just amazing!

All my teachers have been carefully selected on their skills and experience in the performing arts industry and their ability to relate this to our students. We only have the best at PQA!

You can find us every Sat 9.45-1pm and 2.00pm – 5.00 pm at The Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School Hurst Road Sidcup DA15 9AG.

The school benefits from superb facilities, including spacious buildings and extensive grounds backing onto The Glades, a beautiful location for filming! The facilities include 2 specialist drama studios, a dance studio, main hall with theatre stage, cafe area and even an amphitheatre for outdoor summer performances, very Shakespeare!

If you fancy giving PQA a go, then why not book your FREE taster session? Feel free to contact me on 07730 770455 or heather@pqacademy.com

See you on Saturday at 9:45am!

Heather Smith – Principal

Chislehurst & Sidcup News

PQA Chislehurst & Sidcup
Main Classes - Saturday
09.45 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 17.00
Poppets Classes - Saturday
09.45 - 11.30 & 11.30 - 13.00
Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School
Hurst Road
Sidcup
Kent
DA15 9AG (See on map)

Our People

 

Weekend Drama School PrincipalPrincipal – Heather Smith

Hi everyone!

I am the very proud principal of PQA Chislehurst and Sidcup and I would like to say that I and all the other teachers cannot wait to start teaching all the new PQA students and pass on all our skills and experience we have gained working in the performing arts industry! Here is a bit about myself and how I came to be in this exciting position! -

I started working in TV at 18 years old at BSkyB gaining experience as a runner for Sky News then worked my way up to become a researcher and production assistant for various TV companies and productions, commercials and films. To name a few, Ruby Films – ‘IS HARRY ON THE BOAT’ featuring Danny Dyer filmed in Ibiza Spain for Sky1, Princess Productions – ‘FRIDAY NIGHT PROJECT’ pilot & ‘SOFAMELT’ with Faye Ripley and ‘LATE LUNCH with Mel and Sue all Channel 4, talk shows including ‘THE JACK DOHERTY SHOW’ Channel 5, ‘FRIDAY NIGHTS ALL WRIGHT’ ITV with Ian Wright, ‘BARRYMORE’ ITV, ‘TFI FRIDAY with Chris Evans Channel 4’ and Saturday morning kids music show SMTV/CDUK with Ant & Dec & Cat Deeley ITV and ‘THE CHART SHOW’ Channel 5.

I then completed a Music Technology and Film Production degree having found my passions during which I worked in music studios in London to record voiceovers and music to go over animation and graphics for adverts for artists such as Rihanna, Neyo and Korn.

I have 8 years experience in TV/Film/Music having worked on many productions in the UK and abroad. I also have 10 years + experience working with young people having worked and volunteered for children’s charities Hackney Quest London and Stars of Tomorrow South Africa teaching Music Technology and Film Production to groups of 8-18year olds producing music, making music videos, documentaries, dramas and short films in London and Cape Town.

I have just come over from The Pauline Quirke Academy in Mallorca Spain after working over there to produce their short films for the film festival! Plus I am the Film and TV Tutor at PQA Rochester!

 

Weekend Drama School PrincipalPrincipal – Heather Smith

Hi everyone!

I am the very proud principal of PQA Chislehurst and Sidcup and I would like to say that I and all the other teachers cannot wait to start teaching all the new PQA students and pass on all our skills and experience we have gained working in the performing arts industry! Here is a bit about myself and how I came to be in this exciting position! -

I started working in TV at 18 years old at BSkyB gaining experience as a runner for Sky News then worked my way up to become a researcher and production assistant for various TV companies and productions, commercials and films. To name a few, Ruby Films – ‘IS HARRY ON THE BOAT’ featuring Danny Dyer filmed in Ibiza Spain for Sky1, Princess Productions – ‘FRIDAY NIGHT PROJECT’ pilot & ‘SOFAMELT’ with Faye Ripley and ‘LATE LUNCH with Mel and Sue all Channel 4, talk shows including ‘THE JACK DOHERTY SHOW’ Channel 5, ‘FRIDAY NIGHTS ALL WRIGHT’ ITV with Ian Wright, ‘BARRYMORE’ ITV, ‘TFI FRIDAY with Chris Evans Channel 4’ and Saturday morning kids music show SMTV/CDUK with Ant & Dec & Cat Deeley ITV and ‘THE CHART SHOW’ Channel 5.

I then completed a Music Technology and Film Production degree having found my passions during which I worked in music studios in London to record voiceovers and music to go over animation and graphics for adverts for artists such as Rihanna, Neyo and Korn.

I have 8 years experience in TV/Film/Music having worked on many productions in the UK and abroad. I also have 10 years + experience working with young people having worked and volunteered for children’s charities Hackney Quest London and Stars of Tomorrow South Africa teaching Music Technology and Film Production to groups of 8-18year olds producing music, making music videos, documentaries, dramas and short films in London and Cape Town.

I have just come over from The Pauline Quirke Academy in Mallorca Spain after working over there to produce their short films for the film festival! Plus I am the Film and TV Tutor at PQA Rochester!

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Weekend Drama School Comedy and Drama TeacherAmy – Comedy & Drama/Assistant Principal

Amy graduated from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts with an MA in Acting, in December 2012, since then she has performed at the Leicester Square Theatre, St James’ Theatre (Victoria), recorded audio (plays and poetry) for the Lewisham Talking Newspaper, and has recently wrapped on short film ‘Happy Toys’ for BBC Films, where she played the role of ‘Princess Violet’, alongside Frances Barber, Jenny Jules and Charlotte Ritchie. (Written and directed by Zawe Ashton; Well known for playing the part of ‘Vod’ in Channel 4 series ‘Fresh Meat’).

(Amy’s recent castings have included the Donmar Warehouse’s recent New York Transfer of Julius Caesar, which despite great feedback, she didn’t get…however you never know what’s just around the corner….)

Amy has just been cast as a lead in Short Film ‘Just Say When’, by Carrott Napper Productions, to be filmed before the end of this year; not a bad first year back in the business!

Weekend Drama School Comedy and Drama TeacherAmy – Comedy & Drama/Assistant Principal

Amy graduated from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts with an MA in Acting, in December 2012, since then she has performed at the Leicester Square Theatre, St James’ Theatre (Victoria), recorded audio (plays and poetry) for the Lewisham Talking Newspaper, and has recently wrapped on short film ‘Happy Toys’ for BBC Films, where she played the role of ‘Princess Violet’, alongside Frances Barber, Jenny Jules and Charlotte Ritchie. (Written and directed by Zawe Ashton; Well known for playing the part of ‘Vod’ in Channel 4 series ‘Fresh Meat’).

(Amy’s recent castings have included the Donmar Warehouse’s recent New York Transfer of Julius Caesar, which despite great feedback, she didn’t get…however you never know what’s just around the corner….)

Amy has just been cast as a lead in Short Film ‘Just Say When’, by Carrott Napper Productions, to be filmed before the end of this year; not a bad first year back in the business!

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Weekend Drama School Musical Theatre TeacherMonika – Musical Theatre

Monica Sik Holm was born the 24.11.1988 in the east of Norway.

Just graduating from a BA (Hons) in Music Performing Arts at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a first class honours degree, she is working as a musical theatre composer, singer and performer, as well as starting her MA in Musical Theatre Composition at Goldsmiths College in London from september.

Monica has participated in a large number of musical theatre productions, been singing in a wide range of choirs and vocal groups for 20 years and been the vocalist/pianist in different bands and big bands. She just finished playing the tadpole “Kvekk” in a brand new Norwegian rock musical for children called “The Rock Frogs”.

She started to write and compose music when she was 8 years old, and started on her first musical when she was only 13. Whilst still studying classical vocals and music at high school she was accepted to the Talent School in her county on rhythmical piano. One year later she got accepted into the Norwegian Academy of Music’s Young Musicians on jazz vocals.

In 2007, aged 18, she finished and produced her first own musical – Bucuresti The musical – with a cast of over 35 people, to huge success. She produced the same show in three different theaters in Norway, as well as playing one of the main roles as Tania.

The musical raised money for the street children in Romania, and gave away almost 100 000 NOK (£10 000) to the children in Bucharest.

Bucuresti The Musical had it’s UK – premiere in The Paul McCartney Auditorium in Liverpool in March 2011.

In 2010, Monica finished a work shop version of her second musical “Angel Dust” – which was performed in The Contemporary Urban Centre in Liverpool, UK.

In january 2011 she composed the music for a half-hour long musical about Nick Clegg in two weeks. The show was workshopped at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

Monica has also composed music for the short musical “Clegg The Musical” and the song cycle “Moments”. In October 2012 she will be one of the composers for “The 48 hour musical” at The Birmingham Mac.

Monica was a part of the norwegian team in the World championships of performing arts in Los Angeles in july 2011, were she won the Vocal Self-Accompaniment Original Works category, received Silver in Vocal Self-Accompaniment Musical Theatre and an industry award. She also received the Team Spirit Award along with the norwegian team.

As well as what is mentioned above, Monica has also studied a one year course in musical theatre at Romerike Folk High School, participated in a large number of concerts, played for a wide range of companies/organizations, produced a large number of own concerts, trained and taught at Art Musical Theatre School, conducted different choirs and worked as an Event Manager and Project Leader for the charity organization “Europe in Focus”.

She has also done a wide range of events with different bands and alone.

She has been awarded a number of prizes for her work, including: The Dream Scholarship from Norwegian Culture Council and Norwegian lotteries, a talent scholarship from the culture board “The Prison”, The Norwegian National Youth Prize 2008 from Lions, The Youth Charity Prize 2008 from Lions District 104g and The Youth Culture Prize 2007 from Hole Municipality in Norway.

Weekend Drama School Musical Theatre TeacherMonika – Musical Theatre

Monica Sik Holm was born the 24.11.1988 in the east of Norway.

Just graduating from a BA (Hons) in Music Performing Arts at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a first class honours degree, she is working as a musical theatre composer, singer and performer, as well as starting her MA in Musical Theatre Composition at Goldsmiths College in London from september.

Monica has participated in a large number of musical theatre productions, been singing in a wide range of choirs and vocal groups for 20 years and been the vocalist/pianist in different bands and big bands. She just finished playing the tadpole “Kvekk” in a brand new Norwegian rock musical for children called “The Rock Frogs”.

She started to write and compose music when she was 8 years old, and started on her first musical when she was only 13. Whilst still studying classical vocals and music at high school she was accepted to the Talent School in her county on rhythmical piano. One year later she got accepted into the Norwegian Academy of Music’s Young Musicians on jazz vocals.

In 2007, aged 18, she finished and produced her first own musical – Bucuresti The musical – with a cast of over 35 people, to huge success. She produced the same show in three different theaters in Norway, as well as playing one of the main roles as Tania.

The musical raised money for the street children in Romania, and gave away almost 100 000 NOK (£10 000) to the children in Bucharest.

Bucuresti The Musical had it’s UK – premiere in The Paul McCartney Auditorium in Liverpool in March 2011.

In 2010, Monica finished a work shop version of her second musical “Angel Dust” – which was performed in The Contemporary Urban Centre in Liverpool, UK.

In january 2011 she composed the music for a half-hour long musical about Nick Clegg in two weeks. The show was workshopped at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.

Monica has also composed music for the short musical “Clegg The Musical” and the song cycle “Moments”. In October 2012 she will be one of the composers for “The 48 hour musical” at The Birmingham Mac.

Monica was a part of the norwegian team in the World championships of performing arts in Los Angeles in july 2011, were she won the Vocal Self-Accompaniment Original Works category, received Silver in Vocal Self-Accompaniment Musical Theatre and an industry award. She also received the Team Spirit Award along with the norwegian team.

As well as what is mentioned above, Monica has also studied a one year course in musical theatre at Romerike Folk High School, participated in a large number of concerts, played for a wide range of companies/organizations, produced a large number of own concerts, trained and taught at Art Musical Theatre School, conducted different choirs and worked as an Event Manager and Project Leader for the charity organization “Europe in Focus”.

She has also done a wide range of events with different bands and alone.

She has been awarded a number of prizes for her work, including: The Dream Scholarship from Norwegian Culture Council and Norwegian lotteries, a talent scholarship from the culture board “The Prison”, The Norwegian National Youth Prize 2008 from Lions, The Youth Charity Prize 2008 from Lions District 104g and The Youth Culture Prize 2007 from Hole Municipality in Norway.

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Weekend Drama School Film and Television TeacherVicky – Film & Television

Vicky Alcock is a great actress recently seen in the BBC drama “Call The Midwife” and the ITV series “Whitechapel”. She has played Mandy’s mum ‘Lorraine’ in “EastEnders” and has also appeared in Holby City, Bad Girls, Dr. Who- Planet of the Dead, The Bill and many more. As well as being a raw and edgy actress Vicky teaches drama masterclasses regularly and has been with our academy from the very start. Vicky is a fantastic and energetic teacher and shares all her knowledge and expertise in teaching her Film and TV module to our students.

Weekend Drama School Film and Television TeacherVicky – Film & Television

Vicky Alcock is a great actress recently seen in the BBC drama “Call The Midwife” and the ITV series “Whitechapel”. She has played Mandy’s mum ‘Lorraine’ in “EastEnders” and has also appeared in Holby City, Bad Girls, Dr. Who- Planet of the Dead, The Bill and many more. As well as being a raw and edgy actress Vicky teaches drama masterclasses regularly and has been with our academy from the very start. Vicky is a fantastic and energetic teacher and shares all her knowledge and expertise in teaching her Film and TV module to our students.

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Weekend DRama School Poppets TeacherEmma – Poppets

Emma is originally from Glasgow and moved to London three years ago to study at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She graduated with an MA(Distinction) Musical Theatre in 2011 and has been working in the industry ever since. Emma has spent the summer performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in a new musical revue show ‘West End at the Fringe’. The show featured montages from some of the best West End musicals and received fantastic 4 star reviews!

Emma has tonnes of energy and is a big kid at heart so she loves teaching the Poppets class.

Weekend DRama School Poppets TeacherEmma – Poppets

Emma is originally from Glasgow and moved to London three years ago to study at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She graduated with an MA(Distinction) Musical Theatre in 2011 and has been working in the industry ever since. Emma has spent the summer performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in a new musical revue show ‘West End at the Fringe’. The show featured montages from some of the best West End musicals and received fantastic 4 star reviews!

Emma has tonnes of energy and is a big kid at heart so she loves teaching the Poppets class.

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Weekend Drama School Teaching AssistantJoseph – Teaching Assistant

Joseph Dewey is one of Britains hottest up and coming actors. He was trained at The BRIT School and Bird College. Josephs career started in the London Film Festival acclaimed short ‘Dawn’. He later went onto star in the web series ‘The Band’, work with Bryan Singer (Xmen) on ‘Jack The Giant Slayer’ and open the Olympics at The London 2012 Games.

He is most recently filming ‘A Mile In His Soul’ and ‘All This Time’ both due out in 2014 amongst other projects. Joseph also owns a film production company in London, GRFilms. Joseph Is represented by Dragon Personal Management. He has just had a call back for Mr Selfridge and he is currently filming 2 shorts with his own film production company.

Joseph has had a very busy few months with auditions for Downton Abbey, Into The Woods and Night at The Museum 3 to name a few. He has recently attended the premiere for ‘Dawn’, the acclaimed short film in which he stars, and has completed principle photography on ‘All This Time’ due out in 2014.

Joseph is also performing at The London Screen Writers Festival in October in which will see him perform film scripts in front of huge Hollywood directors. Joseph’s production company is going from strength to strength and has recently taken on a contract to produce 1950′s style Hollywood film for festival runs next year. Along side acting Joseph is currently writing his first novel to be published by Waterstones in early 2014.

Weekend Drama School Teaching AssistantJoseph – Teaching Assistant

Joseph Dewey is one of Britains hottest up and coming actors. He was trained at The BRIT School and Bird College. Josephs career started in the London Film Festival acclaimed short ‘Dawn’. He later went onto star in the web series ‘The Band’, work with Bryan Singer (Xmen) on ‘Jack The Giant Slayer’ and open the Olympics at The London 2012 Games.

He is most recently filming ‘A Mile In His Soul’ and ‘All This Time’ both due out in 2014 amongst other projects. Joseph also owns a film production company in London, GRFilms. Joseph Is represented by Dragon Personal Management. He has just had a call back for Mr Selfridge and he is currently filming 2 shorts with his own film production company.

Joseph has had a very busy few months with auditions for Downton Abbey, Into The Woods and Night at The Museum 3 to name a few. He has recently attended the premiere for ‘Dawn’, the acclaimed short film in which he stars, and has completed principle photography on ‘All This Time’ due out in 2014.

Joseph is also performing at The London Screen Writers Festival in October in which will see him perform film scripts in front of huge Hollywood directors. Joseph’s production company is going from strength to strength and has recently taken on a contract to produce 1950′s style Hollywood film for festival runs next year. Along side acting Joseph is currently writing his first novel to be published by Waterstones in early 2014.

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Weekend Drama School Teaching AssistantChris – Teaching Assistant

Chris graduated from the Arts Educational School London in 2010. Since graduation he has toured nationally and internationally with several different Theatre Companies. He has had various roles on Television, corporate and commercials.

Theatre credits include playing Dorian Gray all over Germany and Japan. Duncan Wick in Mark Wheelers ‘To much Punch for Judy.’ Television includes, skins, misfits and Doc Martin.

He is very excited join The PQA and looks forward to help create the showcase for the end of summer term.

Weekend Drama School Teaching AssistantChris – Teaching Assistant

Chris graduated from the Arts Educational School London in 2010. Since graduation he has toured nationally and internationally with several different Theatre Companies. He has had various roles on Television, corporate and commercials.

Theatre credits include playing Dorian Gray all over Germany and Japan. Duncan Wick in Mark Wheelers ‘To much Punch for Judy.’ Television includes, skins, misfits and Doc Martin.

He is very excited join The PQA and looks forward to help create the showcase for the end of summer term.

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