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Welcome to PQA Bedford!


Saturday 28th April
from 9.45am-1pm

We are delighted to be opening our
brand new Academy
at Kempston Challenger Academy, Hill Rise,
Kempston, Bedford, MK42 7EB

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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 team, 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.

I look forward to meeting you on the day!

Gemma McDermott – Principal PQA Bedford

Meet the Team



Gemma - Principal

I am delighted to be joining PQA this year and opening a brand new Academy in Bedford. This is certainly a performing arts academy with a difference! The opportunities for children are endless and I cannot wait for students to embrace them.

I realised my love for the arts at age thirteen when I joined my local performing arts school. I couldn't get enough and went to every class I could to better myself as I felt I started quite late so I needed to catch up with the 5 year olds!

I worked super hard and was awarded a scholarship to train at the famous London Studio Centre where I achieved my BA (Hons) Degree in theatre performance. Since graduating I've explored various exciting avenues within the arts including stage productions, dance companies, theatre, cruise ships, television, music videos, corporate events and teaching.

The pinnacle of my career was performing in the West End musical 'We Will Rock You' where I completed a 3 year contract as assistant dance captain and went on to have my first child. Since then I have taught at various colleges and schools as well as taking on some acting and modelling roles. (And had one more child!)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing PQA for your child's performing arts journey. We aim to instill independence, confidence and relevant knowledge of the current industry in a fun, safe, inspirational setting. Everyone is welcome and I am a strong believer that there are no rules as to who can or can't take part. We all have talents, we just need great teachers to guide us and opportunities


Vice Principal

Craig - Vice Principal

I'm delighted to be joining the PQA family.

My background in the entertainment industry started in 1996 when I trained as a professional dancer at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts.

I went on to perform in many West End productions of We Will Rock You, Starlight Express, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, along with UK and International touring productions such as Wizard of Oz and Boogie Nights.

In addition to this I was fortunate enough to work within the TV and Film industry working alongside the likes of Madonna and Kenneth Brannagh and working on the hit ITV show The X-Factor.

It has always been a privilege to be able to share my experience with others and I have been lucky enough to teach and choreograph for some of the top performing arts colleges and schools creating shows from conception to production.

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30

Kempston Challenger Academy
Hill Rise
MK42 7EB

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