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Chislehurst & Sidcup

We are delighted to welcome you to PQA Chislehurst & Sidcup

My name is Heather and I am the proud 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 in front 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 liaise 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 AM & PM!

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 achieved a BA (Hons) 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 taught at The Pauline Quirke Academy in Mallorca Spain; working over there to produce their short films for the film festival, and was the TV and Film Teacher at PQA Rochester before we opened our PM Academy!

 

Weekend Drama School PrincipalPrincipal – Heather Smith

Hi everyone!

I am the very proud principal of PQA Chislehurst and Sidcup AM & PM!

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 achieved a BA (Hons) 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 taught at The Pauline Quirke Academy in Mallorca Spain; working over there to produce their short films for the film festival, and was the TV and Film Teacher at PQA Rochester before we opened our PM Academy!

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

Amy trained at Rose Bruford College, and at ALRA. Since then she has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Leicester Square Theatre, St James’ Theatre, Canal Café Theatre, Courtyard Theatre, and has toured the UK and Germany in various Theatres and community venues. Amy has played various roles in short films and recorded audio (plays and poetry) for the Lewisham Talking Newspaper. She recently played the role of ‘Princess Violet’ in BBC short ‘Happy Toys’, written and directed by Zawe Ashton, currently shortlisted for ‘Best British Short’ at the Raindance Film Festival.

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

Amy trained at Rose Bruford College, and at ALRA. Since then she has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Leicester Square Theatre, St James’ Theatre, Canal Café Theatre, Courtyard Theatre, and has toured the UK and Germany in various Theatres and community venues. Amy has played various roles in short films and recorded audio (plays and poetry) for the Lewisham Talking Newspaper. She recently played the role of ‘Princess Violet’ in BBC short ‘Happy Toys’, written and directed by Zawe Ashton, currently shortlisted for ‘Best British Short’ at the Raindance Film Festival.

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Weekend Drama School Musical Theatre TeacherEmma – Musical Theatre

Emma is from Glasgow and moved to London to train at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she gained an MA (Distinction) Musical Theatre. Prior to training at Central, Emma gained an MA (Hons) Music from the University of Glasgow. Emma is currently playing Little Red Riding hood in the Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods. A few other recent theatre credits include: West End Heroes (Dominion Theatre), Meet Me In St Louis (Landor Theatre), Side by Sondheim and West End at the Fringe (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

Weekend Drama School Musical Theatre TeacherEmma – Musical Theatre

Emma is from Glasgow and moved to London to train at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she gained an MA (Distinction) Musical Theatre. Prior to training at Central, Emma gained an MA (Hons) Music from the University of Glasgow. Emma is currently playing Little Red Riding hood in the Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods. A few other recent theatre credits include: West End Heroes (Dominion Theatre), Meet Me In St Louis (Landor Theatre), Side by Sondheim and West End at the Fringe (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

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Weekend Drama School Film and Television TeacherVicky – Film & Television

Vicky Alcock our Film and TV teacher is an amazing actress recently seen in CBBC ‘The Dumping Ground’ and ‘The Bletchley Circle’ World War 2 ITV drama and her past credits include BBC drama “Call The Midwife”, Mandy’s mum ‘Lorraine’ in “EastEnders”, ITV series “Whitechapel”, Holby City, Bad Girls, Dr. Who – Planet of the Dead, The Bill and many more.

Vicky is currently filming with our very own Pauline Quirke as Sharon and Tracey’s cousin Michelle! And she has just landed a part in a new film ‘Urban Hymn’ about the Hackney Riots! Her husband Nic is a stuntman who has taught with us and he is currently filming the film ‘Tarzan’ and you can see him as a body double for Hugh Bonneville in the ‘Paddington Bear’ trailer!

Vicky is a fantastic and energetic teacher and shares all her skills and knowledge with our students!

Weekend Drama School Film and Television TeacherVicky – Film & Television

Vicky Alcock our Film and TV teacher is an amazing actress recently seen in CBBC ‘The Dumping Ground’ and ‘The Bletchley Circle’ World War 2 ITV drama and her past credits include BBC drama “Call The Midwife”, Mandy’s mum ‘Lorraine’ in “EastEnders”, ITV series “Whitechapel”, Holby City, Bad Girls, Dr. Who – Planet of the Dead, The Bill and many more.

Vicky is currently filming with our very own Pauline Quirke as Sharon and Tracey’s cousin Michelle! And she has just landed a part in a new film ‘Urban Hymn’ about the Hackney Riots! Her husband Nic is a stuntman who has taught with us and he is currently filming the film ‘Tarzan’ and you can see him as a body double for Hugh Bonneville in the ‘Paddington Bear’ trailer!

Vicky is a fantastic and energetic teacher and shares all her skills and knowledge with our students!

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Weekend Drama School Film and Television TeacherTracey – Film & Television

Tracey Wilkinson has recently joined us to teach Film ad TV this term. Tracey is friends with our teacher Vicky Alcock, they worked together on ‘Bad Girls’.

Tracey Wilkinson is primarily known for her role as Di Barker (Then later by married names, Grayling and then Fenner) before finally reverting to as Barker. In the series Bad Girls. She joined the prison drama in Series 2 as a prison officer new to G-Wing, but by the end of her time on the programme (Series 7) Di was herself behind bars in the prison in which she had served as an officer, suspected of killing her second husband, corrupt Wing (latterly promoted to Acting Governing) Governor, Jim Fenner (played by Jack Ellis) – though she was in fact innocent of the crime.

Tracey’s other Film/TV credits include Billy Elliot and Purely Belter, Holby City, Doctors, Casualty, The Bill, BBC drama Our Friends in the North. She also appeared in the Inspector George Gently episode “Gently in the Night” as Margaret Bishop, a devout Catholic.

Weekend Drama School Film and Television TeacherTracey – Film & Television

Tracey Wilkinson has recently joined us to teach Film ad TV this term. Tracey is friends with our teacher Vicky Alcock, they worked together on ‘Bad Girls’.

Tracey Wilkinson is primarily known for her role as Di Barker (Then later by married names, Grayling and then Fenner) before finally reverting to as Barker. In the series Bad Girls. She joined the prison drama in Series 2 as a prison officer new to G-Wing, but by the end of her time on the programme (Series 7) Di was herself behind bars in the prison in which she had served as an officer, suspected of killing her second husband, corrupt Wing (latterly promoted to Acting Governing) Governor, Jim Fenner (played by Jack Ellis) – though she was in fact innocent of the crime.

Tracey’s other Film/TV credits include Billy Elliot and Purely Belter, Holby City, Doctors, Casualty, The Bill, BBC drama Our Friends in the North. She also appeared in the Inspector George Gently episode “Gently in the Night” as Margaret Bishop, a devout Catholic.

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Weekend Drama School Film and Television TeacherJoseph – Film and Television

Joseph Dewey is a highly sought after film actor. Having trained extensively at Bird College and The BRIT School, Joseph has acted in short and feature films all over the world working with directors such as Danny Boyle, John Landis and Bryan Singer. Joseph has an extensive acting career not only in the UK but is often working out in LA as well. Most recently Joseph played the lead in the new 2014 film ‘Bird of Prey’ working with three time Academy Award winner Peter Young in which he is getting notable recognition from Tim Burton. Alongside acting Joseph has written his first novel ‘Impact’ which was published in early 2014. Joseph is currently developing his second novel and also a children’s book series commissioned by the charity ‘Little Wings’.

Weekend Drama School Film and Television TeacherJoseph – Film and Television

Joseph Dewey is a highly sought after film actor. Having trained extensively at Bird College and The BRIT School, Joseph has acted in short and feature films all over the world working with directors such as Danny Boyle, John Landis and Bryan Singer. Joseph has an extensive acting career not only in the UK but is often working out in LA as well. Most recently Joseph played the lead in the new 2014 film ‘Bird of Prey’ working with three time Academy Award winner Peter Young in which he is getting notable recognition from Tim Burton. Alongside acting Joseph has written his first novel ‘Impact’ which was published in early 2014. Joseph is currently developing his second novel and also a children’s book series commissioned by the charity ‘Little Wings’.

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Weekend Drama School Poppets TeacherChris – Poppets/Comedy & Drama

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.

Weekend Drama School Poppets TeacherChris – Poppets/Comedy & Drama

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.

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Weekend Drama School AssistantJanine – Academy Assistant

Janine has been acting since the age of 5 in tv, film and theatre. Recently appeared in the BBC’s Tracy Beaker and ‘Who’s Under Where?’ at The Mill Theatre Sonning. Janine has taught from the age of 16 in drama, improvisation, singing and various Shakespeare workshops.

Weekend Drama School AssistantJanine – Academy Assistant

Janine has been acting since the age of 5 in tv, film and theatre. Recently appeared in the BBC’s Tracy Beaker and ‘Who’s Under Where?’ at The Mill Theatre Sonning. Janine has taught from the age of 16 in drama, improvisation, singing and various Shakespeare workshops.

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