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We are delighted to be opening our brand
new Academy - PQA Banbury

Sunday 17th September
from 9.45am-1pm
at Banbury Academy, Ruskin Road,
Banbury, OX16 9HY

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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!

Principal Debbie Hotten

Meet the Team

Debbie Hotten


Debbie Hotten - Principal

Hello I'm Debbie and I am so excited and proud to say that I am the Principal of PQA Banbury. I am extremely passionate about the performing arts and of course teaching youngsters.

My passion for performing started at a young age, I was a member of a local dance company and performed in many productions at local theatres. My love of theatre enhanced when I started secondary school and my drama teachers encouraged and guided me into musical productions such as: Annie, Dracula Spectacular, Grease and Little Shop of Horrors. They totally inspired me to teach drama. I then moved onto a specialist performing arts college and university studying drama and theatre to degree level, I combined my degree with my passion for media which I believe complement one another (drama and media).

I continued to study locally and completed my post graduate certificate of education in Drama at Warwick university. Throughout my training I have been a member of local theatre groups performing in theatres and site specific venues. I have always enjoyed teaching drama and dance skills to children. I wrote, directed and staged a cross curricular performance including hundreds of children from local schools at the spa centre. A project which I led in Warwick was connected the young with the elderly, encouraging children to visit and then perform in local care and retirement homes.

I have been a qualified secondary school teacher for over 7 years, which includes being head of drama, head of media and head of BTEC performing arts. I have directed lots of musical performances and straight plays, I thoroughly encourage students to showcase their work on a regular basis and receiving feedback and understanding their development is crucial. I have led educational projects with professional businesses focusing on key themes giving learners amazing opportunities and experiences including fantastic educational visits.

The possibilities are endless! Let's reach for the stars!


Vice Principal/ Musical Theatre

Frankie - Vice Principal/ Musical Theatre

Frankie realised her love for performing from a young age at ballet classes. She attended Daniels Dancing Academy, in Kenilworth and has been taking classes in many different disciplines ever since. She has been professionally trained in Ballet, Tap, Freestyle, Jazz, Commercial and Modern styles over the years, as well as regularly attending singing, acting and voice lessons. She currently holds a teaching Associate in ballet and will be taking her tap Associate this year.
Upon leaving school, Frankie embarked on the Musical Theatre diploma at Stratford-upon-Avon College where she discovered her flair for the creative side of theatre – from choreographing parts in a Variety Show to creating a themed show to present in residential homes. Frankie then moved on to train at the Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford where she completed the one year intensive Musical Theatre course. Whilst at PPA she was able to work with industry professionals in all areas of Musical Theatre and get a real insight into how the business works. In addition she was able to improve all her own performance skills.

She has performed in a variety of musicals and other productions. These include: Footloose, Chicago, Anything Goes, Hot Mikado and many more. Frankie's favourite roles include playing a princess for childrens' birthday parties. She is a keen choreographer, having worked with the Spa Theatre Company Juniors for the past year including choreographing their summer show 'Beauty and the Beast'. Frankie likes to attend the theatre regularly and plays the clarinet.


Comedy & Drama

Sophie - Comedy & Drama

Sophie trained in Musical Theatre at PPA (Performance Preparation Academy) in Guildford, where she gained her Trinity LTCL qualification and ATCL teaching qualification.

Originally from Warwickshire, she took ballet lessons from the age of three and, after leaving school, began studying Musical Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon College before moving to Guildford to continue her training at drama school.

Sophie comes from a very musical family and grew up performing in a Brass Band and being involved in Folk groups and musical activities. This led to her taking up Morris Dancing and she continues to participate in Folk Festivals and events around the country.

She recently completed her first professional contract as a Lead Vocalist on the Saga Pearl II cruise ship and is now back in Warwickshire and very excited to be part of the team at PQA Warwick.

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Sunday 09.45 - 13.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30

Banbury Academy
Ruskin Road
OX16 9HY

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