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Hello, my name is Dave, and I am Principal of PQA Bradley Stoke, which is held at Bradley Stoke Community School, a modern school with great facilities and plenty of space.

We operate every Saturday Morning from 10am-1pm and, from April 2015, from 2pm-5pm, our lovely Poppets (ages 4-5), are with us at two sessions during the morning.

At PQA Bradley Stoke, our first,and foremost aim is to build confidence as well as ability, for each and every student- regardless of whether they have any experience in the performing arts or not.

I am proud to have witnessed the personal growth of many students who started out believing they lacked ability or confidence , and I believe this results from huge enjoyment from their classes, along with being encouraged to develop their talents without pressure.

We have lots of exciting opportunities and events to look forward to as well, including a chance to enter the PQA Film festival, which gives students an amazing chance to see their own film project on the big screen in Leicester Square, London.

We offer Masterclasses from various professionals ranging from Street Dance to Mask workshops, storytelling, stage make-up etc- each topic adding to the students abilities and also great fun to do, we are currently working toward our West End Show called Fright Night, which PQA Bradley Stoke will perform on the stage of Her Majesty's Theatre in Londons West End.

There's never a dull moment and always something new and exciting to be added, so please contact us for a FREE taster session to see for yourself what we can offer.

How to book your FREE taster session...

We always recommend a free taster session with us. It helps any prospective student and parent know what PQA is all about and what to expect. Our taster days give your child a chance to join in all three classes whilst parents are encouraged to stay for refreshments,view the classes and the academy by the Principal, and offers the chance to ask any questions you may have.

We aim for your taster day to be an enjoyable visit to see what wonderful opportunities and training our students are offered, in a welcoming family type community.

Taster Session Times
Main Academy: 9.45am-1.00pm & 1.45pm-5.00pm
Poppets: 10.00am-11.30am, 11.30am - 1.00pm & 2.00pm - 3.30pm

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Please contact us at david.verey@pqacademy.com to check availability

Dave Verey
Principal
david.verey@pqacademy.com

Meet the Team

Dave Verey

Principal

Dave Verey - Principal

My background is mainly in sport- firstly playing football for many years,then training to be a football coach, it is this experience that prepared me to work with students of various ages,and which I now put into practice with managing PQA Bradley Stoke,as I have done since 2009.

Two of my three children are involved in performing arts ( both feature on PQA Bradley Stoke web page) and I feel many years of watching performances and making several journeys to auditions, (and even chaperoning on a few jobs) have enabled me in my role as Principal to converse with parents and students who are hoping to do the same thing.

I have always enjoyed all aspects of performance and embraced the opportunity to become more involved when I was offered the chance to run PQA Bradley Stoke, which I've thoroughly enjoyed doing for the past four years.

Trish

Vice Principal

Trish - Vice Principal

My background has been mainly backstage, having worked as a wardrobe assistant, (and sometimes, chaperone), for many professional theatre productions for several years.

My role now, at PQA, involves all admin and assisting Dave and all staff as and when needed. This means quite a lot of variation so never a dull moment!

I'm very proud to be part of a very sociable,talented and supportive team at Bradley Stoke.

Leanne

Musical Theatre / PM Vice Principal

Leanne - Musical Theatre / PM Vice Principal

Leanne trained at Performers College, graduating in Professional dance and Musical Theatre. Whilst training she gained teaching qualifications in ISTD Modern and Tap dance, whilst teaching drama to children at a local theatre school in Essex. The intense four years of training at Performers included various styles of dance (including ballet, tap, modern technique, all jazz styles, contemporary, partner work, choreography and commercial dance), singing (including ensemble and harmony work, practical musicianship and recording experience), Musical Theatre and Drama. Throughout her training she was lucky enough to learn from some of the best in the industry and perform at great venues in London. She was dance captain for her final year productions of 'I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change' and 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'. After graduating, Leanne took The London Actors Workshop course where she trained with professional actors, directors and casting directors and closed the final showcase with her performance at The Cockpit Theatre in London.

Theatre credits include endless pantomimes at The Bristol Hippodrome, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, 'Aladdin', 'Dick Whittington' and 'Jack and The Beanstalk' at The Theatre Royal, Bath (all for UK Productions) and many cabarets and award ceremonies at The Grosvenor Hotel, London. TV experience includes a few short films and commercials. She also currently works travelling the UK (and the world) as a backing dancer for the UK's top Madonna tribute act.

Leanne started teaching masterclasses for PQA in 2008, started as Musical Theatre teacher at Bradley Stoke when it opened in 2009 and also taught at PQA Cheltenham when they opened their PM academy. She now continues to teach at Bradley Stoke in the morning as well as in their afternoon academy and help set up the holiday academy in Barbados with Virgin Holidays, where she often enjoys teaching in the school holidays. She particularly enjoys choreographing for the students and her PQA highlights are seeing her students perform her work at The Bristol Hippodrome and at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, as well as choreographing an advert in which one of her own students (and Quirky Kid) starred in!

Jack

Film & Television

Jack - Film & Television

After training at East 15 Acting School Jack has played many roles from a 1960's gangster to ordinary lost property worker and most recently a Pirate!

Having worked in many well established theatres and performed on screen in numerous independent and feature films Jack is able to combine performance and film making with a unique perspective.

As a professionally trained theatre practitioner Jack has worked with countless theatre groups and young people and is looking forward to a new adventure with PQA Bradley Stoke.

Having previously created and managed a variety of arts based projects and gaining an extensive background in teaching and directing professional theatre and film, Jack is looking forward to delivering exciting and innovative work with the students at PQA.
Jack has a keen eye for photography and also enjoys a physically active lifestyle. In his down time Jack enjoys perfecting his many random talents including fire breathing and stilt walking then passes the time by spinning a cushion on his finger and balancing a chair on his chin!

We are certain he will bring lots of fun at PQA Bradley Stoke

Rob

Comedy & Drama

Rob - Comedy & Drama

I trained as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, during which time I also developed a love of teaching young people as part of the Activ-8 group.

During my training, I was recommended as cover for PQA Bristol, working alongside Trish, before becoming a regular teacher at PQA Bradley Stoke.

As Elliot Chapman, my theatre credits include: the UK tour of 'Yes Prime Minster', 'Stone Cold' at The Mill at Sonning, a South West tour of Arthur Miller's 'Two Way Mirror', Shakespeare in rep ('Measure for Measure', 'Two Gentleman of Verona' and 'Macbeth'), plus shows in and around Bristol including, 'Outside' at The Brewery Theatre, 'The Good Soul of Szechuan' at the Bristol Old Vic Studio, 'Time and the Conways' at Circomedia and – most recently – 'Look Back in Anger' at The Alma Theatre.

I have recently been cast as 'Doctor Who' companion Ben Jackson (alongside Frazer Hines and Anneke Wills from the original 1960s series) on the audio range 'Doctor Who – The Early Years', produced by Big Finish Productions under licence from the BBC.

On television, I appeared in 'The Fear' opposite Peter Mullan and will be shooting a TV comedy pilot in January 2015.

My aim is to teach children and young people the techniques and craft of acting and performance at a young age to give them an early start in honing their abilities as actors. Lessons should be fun but underpinned by proven methods so that students can, if they choose, slot into any area of the industry, be it acting for commercials, screen, theatre, in comedy, radio, or corporate media.

Leah

Poppets

Leah - Poppets

I am currently in my second year of training at Bath Spa University studying Musical Theatre.

I am training in acting, singing (including contemporary, rock, opera, lyrical and jazz) and also various styles of dance including Ballet, Tap, Modern and many styles of Jazz.

I am a part of the Disabled Children's Team in North Somerset and have been working 1 to 1 with many children with a variety of needs for 4 years; mostly children aged 2 to 18. Through this I have gained a great deal of experience with children that have complex mental, physical, emotional and behavioural needs.

I began with PQA Bradley Stoke in January 2013 as a Red Group Member where I was a part of the Musical Theatre shows; Fright Night, Thoroughly Marvellous Musicals and For The Love Of Musicals. I then became a Classroom Assistant mostly shadowing the Green Group in the afternoon session at PQA Bradley Stoke since the Academy opened.

I also teach on a voluntary basis at a number of community Theatre Groups in the local area, and through this have gained a great deal of experience with teaching different age groups as well as different ability levels.

I am so excited to work with the PQA Bradley Stoke Poppets and will be working with them towards all of their shows while watching them flourish into young performers.

Alex

Drama Cover

Alex - Drama Cover

Sean

Academy Assistant

Sean - Academy Assistant

Sean has been acting since the age of 9 and has appeared in Casualty,Doctors,The Bill.

At 16, he played ALEX FARLEY in THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS,a 2 part drama alongside Neil Pearson, and Hermione Norris,and 'James' in the first series of "SKINS" 'Dan' in SHELFSTACKERS,for BBC Switch.

His Film credits include DEAD MAN RUNNING and THE HOT POTATO, and several short films such as BRO,INTERVAL,IN THE BACK and has just finished working on the feature film, NINA FOREVER.

He has completed two series as JAMIE in PRAMFACE, for BBC3, and will soon be filming a third series, and is currently very pleased to be working alongside Pauline on the Birds of a Feather tour.

Sean is the son of Principal and Vice principal Dave and Trish, and has been involved with PQA Bradley Stoke as much as possible.

He was also taught by PQA's very own creative Director,Sarah Counsell and has been involved with teaching Drama at PQA Bradley Stoke Summer schools for the past two years.

Chloe

Academy Assistant

Chloe - Academy Assistant

Chloe is a former PQA Student leaving for university and returning as often as she can to assist or stand in for classes.

Her experiences as a student with us has been a great advantage with all aspects of the academy and she performs all PQA duties however diverse, with great enthusiasm and efficiency, and is an invaluable member of staff.

Emily

Academy Assistant

Emily - Academy Assistant

Emily is a very recent former student and played the role of 'Frankie' in our West End Performance of 'Fright Night'.

She brings amazing competence and understanding of how important the role of Academy Assistant is,which is thanks to her dedication she displayed over 4 years as a student with us, and we are very happy to have her as part of the team.

Ben

Academy Assistant

Ben - Academy Assistant

Ben is a former PQA Student, who was with us for two years before going off to Bath University, where he is studying Drama- both performing and teaching.

Being a member of staff affords Ben the opportunity to learn and gain teaching experience, whilst we enjoy having him around that bit more!

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 17.00
Poppets 09.45 - 11.30 & 11.30 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 15.30

Bradley Stoke Community School
Fiddlers Wood Lane
Bradley Stoke
Gloucestershire
BS32 9BS

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