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We are delighted to be opening 
PQA Peterborough
with a FREE OPEN DAY on
Saturday 22nd April 2017
from 9.45am-1pm
at The Peterborough School, Thorpe Road,
Peterborough, PE3 6AP

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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 staff, 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. They really are great fun...
...I look forward to meeting you on the day!

Maureen Wardill – Principal PQA Peterborough

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Maureen Wardill


Maureen Wardill - Principal

One of my earliest memories is being around 7 years old and making up a game about a girl who found a magic book, and when she opened it she could jump into the pages and join the world of make believe, having a series of adventures. I was, of course, always the little girl. I think I was always fascinated by making stories come alive, and from this came my love of drama and the performing arts.

This passion, combined with my many years of experience in teaching drama to children and young people, together with my sense of fun, will guarantee that Saturdays are the best day of the week for your children should they decide to sign up for PQA Peterborough!

My first big role was 'The Inn Keeper's Wife' in the school nativity and from then I was hooked. I begged my mum to enrol me in the local theatre group which I attended every week without fail, and here I realised that I could play my make-believe games to my heart's content in the acting class, and met many like-minded friends.

As the years went on I performed in a variety of plays and shows, took part in drama competitions, singing festivals, performed in radio plays, did voiceover work and stage work, and I couldn't get enough. I have been lucky enough to be able to combine performing with teaching drama whilst also promoting shows for a number of theatres in the South East. My love of communication and creativity led me to study advertising and marketing which provided me with another 'string to my bow' in terms of career development. I honestly don't think I would have gone down this path had I not discovered drama at such a young age.

When I had my own family I began to focus much more on the educational side of performing arts. As a LAMDA trained Speech and Drama teacher, during the week I work with children preparing them for examinations in acting, public speaking and communication. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is seeing the confidence grow in each child as they discover their own capabilities through performing arts. The lovely thing is that you don't have to want a career in performing arts to gain all the life skills, confidence and presentation skills that come with performing. Not to mention the fun to be had!

I am so excited to be launching PQA Peterborough. The PQA modules are modern, fun and relevant to today's world. The opportunity to perform on a West End stage is so exciting and for the children to be able to see their own film in their local cinema is a totally unique experience.

I know that the '7 year old me' would have jumped through hoops to be a part of this experience, and I am so grateful that the 'adult me' has that opportunity now.

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30

The Peterborough School
Thorpe Road

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