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Pauline Website Small.jpgI started The Pauline Quirke Academy (PQA) because when I was younger some of my happiest times were spent in drama classes. Looking back I can see that the skills I learnt and the friends I made were really where it all started for me, so I wanted to re-create that opportunity for a new generation of young people. I hope we can welcome you into the PQA family soon.

WHAT WE DO

PQA is a weekend performing arts Academy providing tuition for children and young people from 4-18 years. Students spend three hours with us, rotating through hour-long sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. Students are split into groups according to their age and are taught by specialist teachers.

OUR SPECIALIST MODULES, PACKED FULL OF TIPS THAT PAULINE HAS LEARNT FROM NEARLY 50 YEARS IN THE BUSINESS, WILL TEACH YOU EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO ACT, SING, DANCE OR DIRECT LIKE A PROFESSIONAL.

COMEDY & DRAMA

These sessions are devoted to expanding our students knowledge of different theatrical forms and techniques. This includes everything from improvisation and devised theatre to mime, mask, scripts and vocal techniques – including projection and diction. Theatre games improve confidence, self-esteem, teamwork and communication skills and the use of imagination and the tools of storytelling are emphasised.

Students are encouraged to explore different staging options, including 'in-the- round,' 'promenade' and even site-specific work – all designed to give them the broadest acting experience possible.

MUSICAL THEATRE

We combine elements of singing, dancing and acting in this module because, in a musical, performers need to use all three to convey a story to the audience.

We teach our students a range of vocal and dance techniques and they also get the chance to work on scenes that move into musical numbers, giving them the ability to pass from dialogue to song and dance seamlessly within the performance process, using all three techniques to enhance the story for the audience.

FILM & TELEVISION

Acting for camera is very different to acting on stage and here we look at the very honest and truthful style required for the screen. Students will get the chance to see how writing for TV and film works as well as try the roles of director, camera operator and other production roles. Students work from a mixture of real film & TV scripts along with creating material themselves.

Along with specific skills-based sessions, our students learn by actually making film projects – from silent movies and pop promos to short films, documentaries and 'mini-features.'

Best of all, we hold special screening events at local cinemas where we show all the film projects to an invited audience of family and friends. That's our students, up there, on the same big screen they normally watch the latest blockbuster on.

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The Pauline Quirke Academy

Pauline discovered acting at the age of 9 when a couple of after-school clubs were formed by local teachers. One was Country Dancing, the other was a Drama club. Not fancying Country Dancing, Pauline joined the Drama Club and has not stopped entertaining the nation since.

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