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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

What our parents say!

Mali has been with PQA for 3 years now and her confidence has soared! The teaching has been outstanding and Mali has enjoyed learning lots of aspects of theatre, drama and behind the scenes!

She's been involved in so many activities, too many to list, but her favourites are watching her film in a cinema, performing in Disneyland Paris and in the West End! She said that PQA has made all her dreams come true!

What a fantastic year at PQA Bath. Chloe has had an amazing time it has done wonders for her confidence and self-esteem. A fantastic friendly amazing team at PQA Bath. You all work so hard and give 100% and make everyone feel so welcome. Chloe has performed at the Bristol Hippodrome, Her Majesty's Theatre, Bath Carnival and was lucky enough to experience the thrill of performing on stage at Disneyland Paris. Thank you for all you have done for Chloe and many others. You are all fantastic!

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.



Jesse - Poppets

I have had a real passion for theatre from a young age, involving myself in every theatre opportunity possible. I have been in many productions/shows and have performed in many theatres from stages such as the Bristol old Vic to the London Palladium. But recently I have graduated with a BA (Hons) First Class Degree in Theatre and Performance from this I have become a skilled practitioner with a focus on physical performance, a large vocal range of my voice, collaboration and critical awareness. This course has involved me in a creative environment that encourages interdisciplinary and multimedia approaches to performance. I am passionate about educating children and preparing them for their future within performance. Engaging and working towards a performance/show is what I pride myself on and with the experience working in a summer camp as a Drama/Singing Director where I had to direct, write and choreograph a new show every 2 weeks was one of the most fulfilling and awarding jobs I have had.


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.


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.


Teaching Assistant

Florence - Teaching Assistant

Florence has always been a keen performer from an early age, developing skills in Drama, Dance and Singing. She has attained ISTD and IDTA Ballroom and Latin Dance Qualifications and has over 10 years' experience of competing at regional, national and international level as well as achieving GCSE'S in Drama and Dance and A Level Drama at Grade A. Her love for theatre was soon discovered after joining a local theatre company and having lead roles in both "Grease" and "Billy Elliot the Musical" as well as leading the dance choreography.
She gained experience working with and teaching children to dance at Hove Dance Centre and then proceeded to work at Stagecoach Hove working as an Early Years Assistant and Cover Teacher for two years.
She is currently studying Drama and Psychology at Bath Spa University and aspires to become a fully qualified Drama therapist and teacher. Florence is really looking forward to working with the children at PQA Bath and hopes to ensure that each child enjoys the performing arts as much as she does.

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 17.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30

Ralph Allen School
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