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PQA Bath is a dedicated performing arts school, with classes for kids and young adults in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre (singing & dancing) and Film & Television.

Our Bath academy operates from Ralph Allen School School every Saturday from 9.45am-1pm and 1.45-5 where we welcome students from 4-18 years within the Bath, Chippenham, Keynsham, Frome, Trowbridge, Corsham, Melksham, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Bradford-On-Avon, Somerset & Wiltshire area.

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Note from our Principal:

We are always working on EXCITING projects which feature our students performing in a variety of different roles, in musicals, plays and films. We are passionate about every student's personal journey with us, and the whole team work hard to ensure every single student is given the opportunity to become the best performer they can be and reach their potential creatively. Every student has something unique to offer, and it's our job to encourage this and develop it!

We would love to show you what we do here at PQA Bath! If you're interested in a FREE Taster Session, please email or call us for a chat, and we'll arrange for you to visit the Academy. Alternatively, you can register your interest online.

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We look forward to welcoming you to PQA Bath!

Lucy Payne


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Comedy & Drama Classes

Our comedy and drama lessons provide our students with the knowledge of theatrical forms and techniques including: Improvisation and devised theatre to mime, mask, script work and vocal techniques in projection and diction.

Musical Theatre Classes

Musical Theatre classes combine singing, dance and acting. We teach our students a range of vocal and dance techniques giving them the ability to pass from dialogue to song and dance seamlessly within a performance.

Film & Television Classes

PQA is the largest provider of Film and Television education in the UK for under 18s. Our students will discover and develop talents in areas such as script writing, directing and acting for camera.

And so much more! 

Specialist Masterclasses, Quirky Kidz Agency, West End Theatre Shows, Trinity College Exams, Film Festivals, Creative Stages Reports, Local Cinema Screenings, Showcases & PQATV

Meet the Team

Lucy Payne


Lucy Payne - Principal

Hi my name is Lucy and I am delighted to be the principal of PQA Bath!
I studied Drama and Education at Bath Spa University and have stayed in the Bath area ever since.
I fell in love with performing arts from a very young age. I remember my very first visit to the Theatre Royal in Bath when I was 6, from then on I was hooked!
I have various experiences in performing, teaching, dance, comedy, directing and producing which I have gained through University, work and training.
My biggest claim to fame was being given the opportunity to perform in the Wookey Hole circus as The Witch of Wookey Hole!
I have a huge passion for both education and the theatre. My ambition is to inspire, motivate, educate and build confidence in as many young minds as possible. Being the principal of PQA Bath really is the best job in the world.
Lucy x


Vice Principal & Musical Theatre

Emily - Vice Principal & Musical Theatre

I have had a passion for performing since a very young age, constantly aiming to learn and develop from every class I went to.

In 2013 I started at Creative Academy where I did three years of intense training in just about every style of dance! Once I had graduated I was lucky enough to find jobs related to what I love the most - performing.

I have been with PQA Bath for two years now and have honestly loved every minute. Every show I aim to grow, challenge and adapt as a teacher, the proudest product of this is seeing all the incredible students at PQA Bath thriving to do the same - long may it continue!


Vice Principal

Joel - Vice Principal

Having previously gained a BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree at Colchester Institute, Joel trained at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating from the MA Acting course in 2013. Joel made his professional debut as Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Blenheim Palace). Other credits include Aladdin in Aladdin: A Family Pantomime (Pyramid Productions) and Luca in The Land in My Blood (The Little Black Box Theatre, Bristol). He also performed in association with the Kingston Youth Arts Festival, playing Lieutenant Farzan in Arabian Nights (The Rose Theatre, Kingston).

Joel has also works for Zenith Youth Theatre Company, an entirely voluntary run theatrical society which has been producing award-winning Musical Theatre for over 50 years. Having recently Assistant Directed The Phantom of the Opera, Joel will be returning to the company in 2016 to direct their summer production.

Joel took on the role of Musical Theatre teacher for PQA Bath when the school first opened in 2014. Having recently returned in the capacity of a cover teacher, Joel is delighted to be back as the Vice-Principal and Comedy & Drama teacher.



Katherine - Poppets

Katherine is currently a second year Drama and Music student at Bath Spa University. She has had a passion for musical theatre and the arts since the age of twelve when she took part in her first show, 'The Wizard of Oz'.

Originally from South Wales, Katherine began Ballroom and Latin dance lessons at the age of seven with Dance World. She then began singing lessons at the age of fourteen, training classically and being examined by ABRSM. At the age of seventeen, Katherine discovered LCM Musical Theatre exams and over an 18 month period, completed her grades 6, 7 and 8. Between the ages of fourteen and eighteen, while still at high school, Katherine performed in many concerts and shows, including singing in the Royal Albert Hall. She has also performed in many musicals such as Jekyll and Hyde, The Little Shop of Horrors and Miss Saigon to name a few.

In addition to being a trained vocalist, Katherine also plays flute, saxophone and piano. These led her to be in Torfaen Music Centre Senior Wind Band and performing in competitions such as Music for Youth's National Festival in Birmingham.


Comedy & Drama

Liam - Comedy & Drama

Since graduating from Bath Spa University in 2016, Liam has formed The James Company, his very own theatre company in which he's directed Shed Man (Lion and Unicorn, 2016) and Macbeth (Alma Tavern & Theatre, 2017). Liam has acted in a national tour, performed at the Victoria Palace theatre, featured in the opening ceremony on the London 2012 Olympics and taught theatre at an American summer camp. He's been with PQA since the spring of 2017 and has loved every moment.


Film & Television

Howard - Film & Television

Howard's dynamic film making sessions challenge children of all ages and abilities to explore their creative strength and to tell their own stories. His work in mainstream education and the wider community over the past 15 years has delivered hundreds of creative video projects, often merging live action with animation and spectacular post-production.

He believes that storytelling through moving image is a powerful way for young people to understand both themselves, and the world around them. While these films may sometimes communicate serious messages, they always do so in a way that is playful, accessible and entertaining.

His commercial portfolio includes commissioned films for major arts organisations, theatre, publishing, the health service and local government.


Comedy & Drama Assistant

Ellie - Comedy & Drama Assistant

Eleanor is a recent graduate from Bath Spa University where she studied both Drama and Psychology. Gaining an outstanding award for written work, the course also allowed her to experience all aspects of theatre from creating theatre workshops for primary school children to working with multiple ensembles to produce more serious pieces of theatre. The psychology parts of the course also allowed her to study the human aspects of comedy.

Eleanor has worked with children since she was 16, helping out in local rainbow classes and face painting for children's parties. Her other theatre and musical work includes being a young member of Somerset Opera, performing as a Principle Female in her local pantomime and as a member of Bath Spa Musical Theatre Society. She has since worked at the Pauline Quirke Academy Bath for over a year as a Comedy and Drama Assistant and cover teacher.


Teaching Assistant

Lucy - Teaching Assistant

Lucy has danced from a young age at The South West School of Dance and went on to Bridgwater College. She studied Musical Theatre and Dance at Doreen Bird College of Dance, London. Continuing her study at Bath Spa University on the Contemporary dance course.

Lucy has choreographed for the Tacchi-Morris Show Choir, Taunton and is choreographing Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Strode theatre in December 2018.

Lucy is looking forward to working with poppets building confidence and a love for all things performing arts!


Musical Theatre Assistant

Cerys - Musical Theatre Assistant

Cerys has had a passion for musical theatre, dance, film and performing since she could walk and talk!

She is currently studying A'levels at St Gregorys School and has always wanted to work with children in her future career. Cerys helps out at a local Rainbow group and so working with the Poppets will be another exciting opportunity which she is very much looking forward too.

Cerys has been involved in lots of musical theatre and drama performances with school and theatre groups, she has just performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Zenith Youth Theatre Group, which was one of her dreams come true!

Cerys is very much looking forward to share her passion and energy with the Poppets and to watch them grow in confidence and enjoy all aspects of performing as much as she does.


Film and TV assistant

Aja - Film and TV assistant

Aja has been making films since she picked up her first camera at age 6. Having spent a lot of free time acting, she soon realised that she was meant to be behind the camera.

Having self taught herself to use equipment and editing software, she went to study Film and Television in both Cheltenham and Southampton where she received a First Class Honours degree.

This recent year she studied for a PGCE in Primary Education and is currently about to start her Masters in Feature Filmmaking at Bath Spa University.


Musical Theatre Assistant

Rachel - Musical Theatre Assistant

Initially, Rachel's love for performing came at the age of 13 when she took part in her first pantomime, 'Dick Whittington'. Since then, she has taken part in every show put on by her local drama group.

Rachel started PQA in March 2017 and has so far taken part in the latest show "Broadway and Beyond". She has enjoyed herself so much and made so many great memories and friends along the way that she has now decided to help out with Musical Theatre in the afternoon academy. Rachel is excited to continue her passion for the theatre as both a student and an assistant.

She has also just started her first year of Bath Theatre Academy.


Film & TV Technician

Owen - Film & TV Technician

I'm currently studying A-level drama, performing arts and photography and hoping to go to drama school in my future. Films are my passion and I know that being a location shoot assistant will really help the students learn more about films and how they are made.

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 17.00
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