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PQA Swindon is a dedicated performing arts school, with classes for kids and young adults in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre (singing, acting and dance), and Film and Television.

We operate at the Nova Hroed Academy every Saturday from 9.45am-1pm & 1.45pm – 5pm where we welcome students from 4-18 years within the Swindon, Highworth, Cricklade, Royal Wootton Bassett, Marlbourgh, Avebury, Purton, Malmesbury, Wanborough, Wroughton, Chippenham, Calne, and Faringdon area.

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There is always a lot going on at PQA Swindon, from making our own short films to preparing shows for West End performances,! We care about every student and want to guide each and everyone one of them to learn through creativity whilst having lots of fun!

Come and have a free taster session, please email or call me and I can tell you what exciting projects we have coming up next.

I can't wait to welcome you to PQA Swindon!

Dee Thompson

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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

Dee Thompson


Dee Thompson - Principal

I started training in the performing arts at the age of 3 and did my first public performance at the age of 4, I loved performing from an early age and want to give that experience to my students. I am still learning 30 years later because there is always more to learn and it never gets boring. I want PQA Swindon to always be educational and exciting and I am so happy to be running this academy alongside my performing work.

After gaining a degree in 'Theatre' I went to London to train in Acting at The Academy Drama School, which included acting for the screen from The International School of Screen Acting.

I started in productions as part of the Acting Chorus for Aida, Rigoletto, and Turnadot (Royal Albert Hall) and in The Portrait of a Lady directed by Peter Hall (Theatre Royal Bath). Following this I performed as lead roles in various fringe productions, plays include Hecuba, The Rivals, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Two Lips Indifferent Red, The Clink, Lysistrata and Under Milk Wood.

Then I began in children's theatre where I toured to lots of number one theatres and several arenas. This work has taken me all around Great Britain several times and also to Finland, Czech Republic and Poland. Roles have included playing a mean green witch, a smartypants clown, a naughty little boy, a scarecrow, a magical genie and a posh cat. I've also worked on lots of pantomimes where roles have ranged from the Fairy Godmother, to the Slave of the Ring, to the Wicked Queen. I have worked with local celebs to stars like Brian Blessed.

Screen work includes 'Casualty' and 'Lee Nelson's Well Good Show' (BBC), 'The Girl's of Hedsor Hall' (MTV USA), and the film 'Fathers of Girls' starring Ray Winstone.

I have also worked on training films, commercials, idents, events, outdoor shows, radio jingles and voice over work.

So that's a bit about me. I hope I can use my experiences to encourage everyone at the academy to do whatever they want to do, be whoever they want to be and enjoy themselves. Do it! Be it! Love it! Alongside learning, I want PQA Swindon to build confidence and to be loads of fun. Myself and all the teachers look forward to meeting you soon.


Vice Principal / Comedy & Drama

Nicki - Vice Principal / Comedy & Drama

Nicki trained at De Montfort University in Leicester and graduated with a degree in Drama Studies and English.

She started working for PQA Oxford where she taught Comedy & Drama, then Film & TV, and was also the Vice Principal. Nicki has taken many PQA courses including Vice Principal training, Poppets, Comedy & Drama, Film & TV and Trinity College Exams. She taught a Vocal Masterclass at PQA Reading, has worked on three PQA West End shows and at many PQA holiday schools including 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Annie' at the Phoenix Theatre.

Nicki has performed in lots of shows in Oxfordshire including the lead role of Deloris Van Cartier in 'Sister Act' and Mary Magdalene in 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. She is a performer for Fairy Dust Productions and is part of their two latest shows 'The Missing Easter Egg' and 'The Fairy Prince'.

During the week Nicki works at a secondary school where she specialises in Drama and Special Needs.


Film & Television

Alex - Film & Television

Having spent several years freelancing as a camera operator, Alex started 22six Productions in 2013, a video production company focusing on music videos and corporate films.

He has written and directed several short films, some of which have gone on to national film festivals. In 2016 he finished work on his debut feature film, a post-apocalyptic thriller called 'Follow The Crows'. He is also a playwright and his debut play 'The Door' received the People's Choice Award at the Swindon Fringe Festival 2017.

In his spare time Alex enjoys making films with his two young children, as well as working on an array of passion projects.


Musical Theatre

Pippa - Musical Theatre

Pippa has been Dancing since she was 3 years old. Then at age 16 studied Musical Theatre at Birds College of Performing Arts.

She then went into dance professionally for 4 years before becoming a Dance Teacher which she has been doing for over 15 years, including doing choreography and staging for many productions.

Pippa currently works at a secondary
school where she has been involved in many productions including 'Annie', 'Grease' and 'Bugsy'.



Dani - Poppets

Dani started at PQA Swindon as a student. In this time she starred in 'The Next Top Star' at the Swindon Arts Centre, 'A Night at the Movies' at the Wyvern Theatre and in 'The Next Step' at the Tristan Bates Theatre in the West End. Dani also played the lead role of Belle in 'Beauty and the Beast' for our first musical in a week.

Outside of PQA, Dani has performed in 'Cabaret' and various pantomimes at the Phoenix Theatre; in '1984' at the Bohemian Balcony; and in 'Solo' at the Shoebox Theatre.

Dani is an actress for Fairy Dust Productions where she performed in 'The Missing Easter Egg' as part of the Swindon Fringe Festival 2017. In 2018 she will be in their new show 'The Fairy Prince!'


Film & Television Assistant

Jamie - Film & Television Assistant

Jamie is currently studying TV and Film Production. As part of this course he has been awarded for outstanding editing skills as well as achieving double distinctions for his work so far.

He has also produced, edited and directed many of his own short films.

As a performer his recent roles have included playing the lead role of Troy in 'High School Musical' and the role of Young Scrooge in 'A Christmas Carol'.


Poppets Assistant

Emily - Poppets Assistant

Emily at The University of Wolverhampton, Emily graduated with a first class degree in Musical Theatre. Since then, she has worked as a lead vocalist and entertainer for Ladram Bay Holiday Park in Devon as well as cover teaching for PQA and studying for her Diploma in Education and Training.

Emily has been performing since the age of 3 and has attended many stage schools. Her theatre credits include: Christine Daee in The Phantom of the Opera (Palace Theatre, Redditch), Emily Hobbs in Elf the Musical (Woodrow Community Centre), Blousey Brown in Bugsy Malone (Wyvern Theatre), Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical (Sundial Theatre), Hairspray (Wyvern Theatre), Our House (Wyvern Theatre), West Side Story (Wyvern Theatre), Anything Goes (Wyvern Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (Wyvern Theatre) and Boogie Nights (Wyvern Theatre).


Cover Teacher

Daniella - Cover Teacher

Biography coming soon.


Academy Assistant

Oliver - Academy Assistant

Oliver is a former student of PQA Swindon, he used to be in Red Group PM. During this time he represented PQA Swindon PM in the National Talk Show Host competition, he was a supporting artist for Ellen Kent Opera International at St David's Hall in Cardiff, he performed as two lead roles in the musical comedy 'The Lazy Ace' at the Shaftesbury Theatre in the West End, and performed in the teenage drama 'I Don't Want to Talk About It' locally at the Shoebox Theatre.

Now he is using his PQA knowledge and experience to assist the younger students in their training.

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Saturdays 09.45 - 13.00 & 13.45 - 17.00
Poppets 10.00 - 11.30

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