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This year's fabulous fun packed Summer School at PQA Bath will be a 5 day film academy. The students will spend the week planning, story-boarding, writing & shooting their own film.

This week long film academy will be run by industry professionals. We will provide all professional filming equipment, props & costumes. We will arrange a very special screening of the film several weeks later. Open to students aged 6-18, there will be something for everyone; from performing in front of the camera to writing the script, directing or you can even be the camera operator.

Hurry as spaces are limited!

21ST – 25TH AUGUST 2017


THURS 1:30PM - 6:00PM



To secure your child's place at our film academy please fill in the booking form below and return to

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The Pauline Quirke Academy Bath operates every Saturday morning from Ralph Allen School, 10am-1pm for the main sessions and our Poppets class (age 4-6) runs from 10am-11.30am. Click here for our latest newsletter.

Here at PQA Bath our aim is to ensure that all of our students build confidence and receive a high level of performance industry training, whilst developing skills, and having lots of fun along the way. I see our Academy as one big family; everyone is treated equally and it is a great opportunity to make some new friends.

PQA is unique as we offer our students so many fantastic opportunities. As well as taking part in our modules; Musical Theatre, Film & Television and Comedy & Drama PQA offers so much more. Opportunities include:

- London West End performances at Her Majesty's Theatre
- Film Festivals at the Empire cinema in Leicester Square, London
- Performing at the Bristol Hippodrome
-Local cinema screening, Oscar style!
-Full scale musical performances such as Beauty & the Beast
-Performing on an international stage at Disney Land Paris
-Commercial dance workshop at Pineapple dance studios, London
- Free group Trinity exams
- Theatre trips
- Opportunity to perform in the Bath Carnival
- Professional masterclass's such as RAP, Matilda the Musical, Circus Skills, Stage Combat and many more
- Quirky Kidz professional agency

Places are filling up fast!

To book a FREE taster session please call Lucy on 07594 841 850 or email
I look forward to hearing from you.

Lucy Payne



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!

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 have lived in Somerset my whole life, I studied Drama and Education at Bath Spa University and have stayed in the Bath area ever since.

I have had a huge passion for performing arts my whole life. I remember my very first visit to the Theatre Royal in Bath when I was 6; from then on I was hooked!

As well as having such enthusiasm for performing arts, I also have a great connection with children and young people. Through PQA Bath I am determined to deliver the highest standard of teaching but also I want each and every one of my students to have fun. I really look forward to Saturday mornings every week and I hope my students will too!

I originally started working for PQA in October 2012, first as a Comedy and Drama Teacher and more recently as a Musical Theatre Teacher. I enjoyed the challenge of choreographing both a West End show and more recently co-directing 'Thoroughly Marvellous Musicals' at the Bristol Hippodrome. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at PQA so far and I have finally completed my ambition of opening my own school in my most favourite city. I think the opportunities that PQA offer students are incredible and you will not find these types of experiences anywhere else.

I have various experiences in performing, teaching, dance, comedy, directing and producing which I have gained through University, work, training and being part of several societies.

I started my dance training at 'The Star Cast School of Dance and Performing Arts', where I studied various disciplines such as modern/stage, disco, street dance, ballet and tap. Whilst training there I took part in numerous performances and completed my UKA dance and performance exams. Whilst studying at Star Cast I started my teaching career over 8 years ago.

I left Star Cast in 2009 to study Drama and Education at Bath Spa University. Throughout my studies I performed in various productions including a 24 hour production of 'Grease' the musical, which I also co-directed. My biggest achievement at university was directing my own full scale production of Sophie Treadwell's 'Machinal'. I graduated in 2012 with a 2.1 BA Hons Degree in Drama Studies.

I continued teaching throughout university and after. I have worked with various local primary schools, creating dance festivals. I also worked as a drama/musical theatre teacher for the Mark Jermin Theatre School in Bath. I have been working with and teaching children for the last 8 years in various roles such as a teaching assistant, drama teacher and musical theatre teacher.

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.

Lucy x


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.


Film & Television

Helen - Film & Television

Helen's love for the arts stemmed from when she was a child and joined a theatre academy and since then immediately knew that she wanted acting to play a significant part in her life and future career.

Since then she has developed her skills from theatre to film and has gone on to complete training in both screen acting and filmmaking with accredited organisations such as the National Youth Film Academy and the British Film Institute. Helen is currently studying at the University of Bristol and spends the rest of her time professionally working and gaining experience in screen acting and filmmaking as well as being the President of a Film and Theatre society at her University. She is currently in the process of co-launching a film production company after spending years writing scripts and making films both in front and behind the camera.

From drama clubs to summer courses, Helen has started to teach young people the skills and techniques of filmmaking and is really looking forward to sharing her passion for the art form with the members of PQA Bath. Most importantly, she wants to inspire the members in the same way that she was inspired to fill her life with all things creative and not be afraid to pursue a passion.


Musical Theatre

Emily - Musical Theatre

Emily graduated from Creative Academy (University of West London) with a 2:1 BA(hons) in Dance in 2016 and is thrilled to have been given the job as Musical Theatre teacher at PQA Bath.

She has danced from the age of three and was a member of two Musical Theatre clubs whilst she was growing up. Within these clubs she was given many amazing opportunities such as performing in Disneyland Paris, taking on several lead roles including Rumpleteaser in Cats and performing in Billy Elliott in the West End, as well as being fortunate enough to perform in a variety of different shows along with learning lots of different skills. Emily can't wait for this next chapter of her journey and is looking forward to working with all the staff and students at PQA Bath. 


Comedy & Drama

Liam - Comedy & Drama

I'm extremely excited to be a part of the Bath PQA team. Upon graduating from Bath Spa University in 2016 I formed my own theatre company; The James Company. I directed Kevin Jones' Shed Man at the Lion and Unicorn for the Camden Fringe Festival. Shortly after I appeared in a five week national tour of a TIE production supporting anti-bullying week.

Alongside teaching at PQA I'll continue to work as a director and actor. I'm appearing as Robbey Macabee in The Perfect Woman for Bath Fringe and will be directing Macbeth this autumn.



Victoria - Poppets

Victoria graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA Hons in Dance and since then has been teaching dance and drama to adults, youth groups and children in Pre-schools, Primary and Secondary education in the South West. Victoria holds an Early Years Professional Status and specialises in Early Years Theatre. Victoria has taught performing arts workshops for national organisations PQA, Bigfoot and Fit For Sport.

Victoria also works as a professional dancer and dance teacher for all ages, which she has done for the last 4 years.

Victoria started working as Poppets teacher at PQA Bristol over 4 years ago. After leaving PQA Bristol Victoria has covered as Poppets teacher and Vice Principal at PQA Bath since it opened in September 2014. She is now very excited to start her permanent position as Poppets teacher at PQA Bath.


Teaching Assistant

Katherine - Teaching Assistant

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.


Teaching Assistant

Dani - Teaching Assistant

Since the age of 3, Dani has always had a passion for performing and theatre. Throughout school and college she spent all of her free time in dance, drama and singing classes, gaining extra knowledge of the industry and performing in a wide variety of musicals and plays. During these years, Dani was also a member of Tracy King Theatre School, Bath Light Operatic Group and Young People's Theatre.

Throughout university, this passion has only grown and she is now a BA Hons graduate of Musical Theatre. Since studying her degree at Bath Spa, Dani has worked as a teaching assistant at the Rondo Theatre Drama Club and Summer School.
Dani is extremely excited to start working as a teaching assistant at PQA Bath, and she can't wait to get to know the team and students!.

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