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

Our Bury academy operates from Tottington High School every Saturday from 9.45am-1pm, where we welcome students from 4-18 years within the Bury, Tottington, Greenmount, Ramsbottom, Walshaw, Brandleshome, Radcliffe, Whitefield, Heywood, Rawtenstall and Haslingden area.

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Note from our Principal:

As Principal at PQA Bury, I am truly passionate about delivering first class performing arts training to all our students. Along with my team of excellent and enthusiastic teachers, we are extremely dedicated to motivating and inspiring young performers through exciting and action-packed sessions, regardless of whether they just want to have fun and gain confidence or want to pursue a future in Performing Arts.

In addition to our fantastic weekly sessions where we are always working on EXCITING projects in which the students take on a vast variety of different roles in Musicals, Plays and Films. PQA Bury has many other fantastic opportunities to offer including the Quirky Kidz Agency, Masterclasses and a number of local performance opportunities.

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

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Andrea Lynette-Young

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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



Andrea - Principal

Hi, I'm Andrea Lynette-Young, and I am thrilled to be the Principal of PQA Bury.

I am so excited to open PQA Bury as I have been the Principal of PQA Eastleigh, down in Southampton, since 2015. Recently I decided it was time to return to my roots in North West and bring the fantastic Pauline Quirke Academy to the young people of Bury!

My career began in Coronation Street, in 1995 playing the part of Melanie Hesketh; I then in 1996 played Trish in The Ward, both for Granada Television. I went on to train at The Dance Centre, Preston, where I won the Performer 2000 award, as well as achieving I.S.T.D Tap & Modern Associates Teaching Qualification.

My theatre credits include; Margaret in Last Tango in Little Grimley, directed by Sam Kane; BJ & Various Roles - Smokey Joes Cafe (P&O Cruises); Featured Ensemble in the Premiere Production of Old Blue Eyes & Friends, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK tour) where I understudied and played The Baroness; Ensemble and understudy Ernestina & Mrs Rose Hello, Dolly! (UK Tour & Lincoln Theatre Royal); Connie Boylan and understudy Lilly in Annie (UK tour); Gabriella and understudy in West Side Story; Ensemble in The Wizard Of Oz (both at The Leicester Haymarket). In Pantomime, I have played parts such as Jack, Aladdin, Dandini, Jasmine & Fairy Godmother.

I work as a Cabaret Performer and perform my various shows all around the UK, in the Holiday & Leisure, Corporate, Wedding and Private Function Markets. I have also been Guest Entertainer and Production Vocalist on board P&O's Ventura, Azura, & Oriana and Production Vocalist on the Costa Tropicale.

My television and film credits include; Florence Burgess in Wait for Me; Take A Break Commercial; Trafford Centre Commercial; The Wife in Anatheum; Crimewatch, BBC; Gaynor in Is Harry on the Boat?, Sky One; Yvonne in Heartbeat, Yorkshire Television.

I have taught alongside my performing career since 2000, I have been a teacher and workshop facilitator for numerous companies including Leading 'War Horse' workshops for the National Theatre; The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton where I have led various workshops for visiting shows including; 'Shrek' 'Top Hat' 'Oklahoma' 'West Side Story' and 'The Bodyguard'. The Mayflower Musical Youth Theatre, where I was assistant Director and Choreographer of 'Honk! Jnr'. Young Winchester Theatre Royal, where I recently wrote and Directed 'Grimms Fairytale School'. Preston College Dance Centre, Perform, Gymboree & Rascals, along with various independent schools all over the UK.


Vice Principal & Poppets

Claire - Vice Principal & Poppets

From the age of three, I was a dancer and took part in dance festivals and championships all over the North West. From the age of eleven, I joined amateur dramatic societies and performed in shows ranging from musicals to Operas, compilation and revue shows.

I also performed in professional pantomimes at the Albert Halls in Bolton securing the role of Dance Captain on several occasions. These experiences developed my confidence and personality as well as my stage presence.

On leaving high school I have worked at several companies, working very hard to climb the corporate ladder gaining experience and promotions along the way.

Three years ago, I became a Mum and have enjoyed my time at home with my little girl.

I am now a qualified Teaching Assistant and am continuing my studies at Bury College whilst also working at Greenhill Primary School.

I am absolutely thrilled to join the PQA Bury team as Poppets Assistant and Vice Principal and I am so looking forward to moulding our stars of the future through PQA Bury!


Comedy & Drama

Sally - Comedy & Drama

Hi, I'm Sally and I'm so excited to be teaching the comedy and drama classes at PQA Bury.

I have been teaching drama for over fifteen years and I'm currently a lecturer in performing arts for Bolton college.

I studied physical theatre and dance at the University of Salford and after graduating, I wrote and performed comedy plays in many fringe venues around Manchester and performed stand-up comedy in venues such as the Comedy Store and the Frog and Bucket.

I've worked behind the scenes on some of the biggest touring theatre shows, such as Starlight Express, CATS, Fame the Musical, Chicago and many more.

I've written, produced and directed over twenty theatre plays, been an acting agent and even owned my own fringe theatre in Manchester – so I bring a lot of industry knowledge and experience into my classrooms.

I love nothing more than helping young people grow in confidence and believe in their abilities and I'm excited to be a part of the PQA Bury team.


Film & Television

Dave - Film & Television

I'm Dave Turner and I have been working in the media industry for nearly 6 years now. I started out as an Actor which I still am, garnering credits in film, TV and theatre including Crimes that Shook Britain, Whiteblade and Perfect Skin starring Richard Brake from Game of Thrones and Batman Begins.

I then started out on a journey that lead me to start writing, producing, editing and VFX. I wrote my first feature screenplay called Dream Finder and met my business partner Alex De Luca where we created the production company Clouded Sight Pictures Ltd.

Since then I have produced multiple films including Whiteblade, Dream Finder and Stormwarrior and have recently secured our first feature Independent Dreams and worldwide distribution with LA distribution company Indie Rights Movies.

On top of actively working in the industry for several years I have been teaching at other performing arts schools. I really enjoy passing on my knowledge and experience. My passion for this industry is only rivaled by the love I have for my children and family.


Musical Theatre

Jenny - Musical Theatre

Having originally gaining my BA(Hons) degree in Musical Theatre, I then moved to extensive classical training.

Since then I have gone on to perform, internationally all over the world and all over the UK. Performing at Wembley, many sold out concerts with the Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata and the Halle Orchestras. BBC Proms in the Park, MCFC Premier League Winners - Parade Concert, Cunard 175 Celebration Concert, Live from Jodrell Bank with the Halle Orchestra, Inspiration Awards for Women, Concord 10th Anniversary - Manchester Airport, Proms in the Park with Manchester Camerata Orchestra, Los Angeles Inspiration Awards for Women, Alongside Sir Cliff Richard in a Charity concert, Performing with Lesley Garrett for Cunard "The Magnificent Elizabeth's" concert, Her Majesty's Britannia Maiden Mediterranean Voyage, BBC Radio - Live Lounge, Castlefield Fan Park - England v Germany

As a keen charity fundraiser I have supported numerous charities which include; The Red Cross, The Kirsty Howard Appeal, BBC Children in Need, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Now, Francis House, Derian House, Help for Heroes, Prostate Cancer, Destination Florida, The Prince's Trust, Help The Aged, Variety, The Children's Charity, Alder Hey Children's Hospital and the Five Star Scanner Appeal for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

I am thrilled to be joining the PQA Bury team!


Poppets Assistant

Trish - Poppets Assistant

I am extremely passionate about working with children because I have always worked with Children since leaving school, working in Holiday Clubs and Nurseries. I am a qualified Nursey teacher and currently work at Christ Church Primary School in Walshaw.

My Hobbies are country walks and horse riding. I am extremely happy to be working at PQA Bury.

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Saturdays 9.45 - 13.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30

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