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WELCOME TO PQA WIRRAL

Find us at Birkenhead High School Academy, 86 Devonshire Place,
Prenton, CH43 1TY

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HELLO AND WELCOME!

PQA Wirral offers professional, part-time training in performing arts for ages 4-18 years every Saturday at Birkenhead High School Academy.

Every Saturday at PQA Wirral our students have the opportunity to express themselves and showcase their talents through performing arts. We offer our students the chance to be whoever they want to be, and provide them with the support and guidance they need to reach any goal they want to achieve.

Through our classes in Musical Theatre (Song & Dance), Comedy & Drama and Film & TV our 6-18 year old students develop skills in Acting, Singing, Dance and Film and learn what it takes to work both infront and behind the scenes (with our Film & TV class in particular teaching our students to use all of the equipment needed to shoot their very own short films!) Meanwhile, our 4-5 year old Poppets spend 90 minutes with us in an actioned packed session introducing them to the core elements of performing arts, using their imaginations to tell a story.

Some students are with us because they want to develop their confidence and meet new people, others are with us because they would like to pursue a career in the industry one day. The most important part of being at PQA Wirral is that all of our students LOVE spending their Saturday mornings engaged in performing arts, being creative and developing their skills, and making life-long friends.

Here are just a couple of things you can expect:

Free Group Trinity Exams
Masterclasses with Industry Professionals
Inhouse Performances
Quirky Kidz Casting Agency
PQA West End Show
Regional Cinema Screening
Theatre Trips
And much more...

We have a fantastic team of tutors with a wealth of experience, working with our students to develop a diverse range of skills, but above all else, we have loads of fun!

To find out more, don't hesitate to contact wirral@pqacademy.com to arrange a free taster, and don't forget to follow our latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Robert Lyon
PQA Wirral Principal
robert.lyon@pqacademy.com

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What are people saying about PQA Wirral:

'My daughter attends PQA and has done since it started. It's fantastic! The children are taught by teachers who put their heart and soul into it. Not only have I seen my daughter's singing and acting skills improve but her confidence and self esteem have grown too. This I also put down to the great work they do at PQA. Can't recommend this place enough', Nicky Ward.

'My daughter is 10 and started PQA in January after being a member of two other drama and dance groups. PQA has been so good for her self-confidence. The breadth and quality of provision is superb and the belief and commitment of Rob and his staff is reflected in happy and confident young people. Our daughter was part of the end of term show yesterday and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Congrats to all!' Keya Johnson

'PQA Wirral is brilliant! The staff are amazing and the kids have such a great time, it's really great for building self-confidence. The last spotlight showcase was a testament to just how much work everyone puts in; it was really well put together and showed how much talent the kids have. Well done to everyone involved, can't wait for the next one!' Su Kirby-Clarke

'My Granddaughter Ela loves going here...she gets to express herself in every way...in a safe environment with lovely people...thank you!' Angela Smith

 

Meet the Team

Robert Lyon

Principal

Robert Lyon - Principal

Rob trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.

Theatre credits across London include: Hair, The Witches of Eastwick, Pirates of Penzance, The Wizard of Oz, Curse of the Werewolf and All Men Are. Rob has also toured Germany with The Comedy of Errors and was part of the world premiere cast of The Blues Brothers: On a Mission from God, touring Italy for 6 months. TV includes commercials for Heinz and Tesco as well as various short films. Other credits: Oliver!, Honk!, Sweet Charity, Carousel, Henry IV Part One, Romeo & Juliet, The Full Monty, Avenue Q, Love Story, This Is My Musical and Men Behaving Badly - LIVE.

"PQA provides us with a fantastic platform to develop and nurture students for a career within the creative industry, but also serves as a great place to improve confidence, communication and social interaction in a fun, supportive environment, where everyone is encouraged to be themselves! Our students are growing every single day, and it really is a wonderful thing to watch. It's great to be able to offer such a brilliant opportunity!"

Rhian

Vice Principal/Musical Theatre

Rhian - Vice Principal/Musical Theatre

Rhian trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds, graduating with a BPA(Hons) in Contemporary Dance Performance. During her time at Northern, Rhian was lucky enough to take part in workshops with renowned companies such as DV8, Hofesh Shecheter Company, and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company.

Although her training is in Contemporary Dance, from a very young age Rhian has had a passion for Musical Theatre, performing across the North West in productions such as The Sound of Music, Me and My Girl, Return to the Forbidden Planet, The Full Monty and more recently Avenue Q.

Alongside her work as a performer, Rhian also has a vast amount of experience working as a Teacher and Choreographer and will this year once again be choreographing the Christmas Pantomime for Tip Top Productions in Chester.

Rhian is excited to be joining the PQA Wirral team as she thoroughly enjoys watching children grow in confidence and gain experiences that can help inspire their future!

Lauren

Musical Theatre

Lauren - Musical Theatre

Lauren trained at the Hammond School of Dance as a Musical Theatre student.

After graduating, Lauren went straight into working across the Canaries and later the Mediterranean as part of two 6 month contracts with PEEL Talent as a Singer/Dancer on the Thomson Majesty. Shows whilst on board covered an array of genres from rock & pop to musical theatre, featuring material from Les Mis, Oliver!, Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (amongst others.)

Lauren has a vast amount of experience as a Singer, Dancer and Choreographer and has performed across the U.K. in well known venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Shaw Theatre in London's West-End and The Lowry, in a number of concerts including 'The Band that Jack Built' and 'Spring Awakening'. T.V credits include Blue Murder, Waterloo Road, Got To Dance and the short-film Out in the Darkness directed by Emma Lucia.

Lauren is engaged and passionate about all forms of musical theatre and looks forward to helping PQA students kick start their careers in the performing arts industry!

Mel

Film & Television

Mel - Film & Television

Melanie has 10 years of experience in the video and TV industry, ranging from working as an online editor, camera assistant, and assisting with lighting and sound on a number of exciting projects.

The majority of Mel's experience was gained with CVT Broadcast where she travelled the world working with big brands such as MBNA, Eli Lilly and Muller. Melanie is enthusiastic and passionionate about the industry and can't wait to work with everyone at PQA Wirral, and help students to learn, grow and develop as filmmakers.

Away from work, Mel has a keen passion for photography, baking and spending time with her family!

Phil

Film & Television

Phil - Film & Television

Phil trained at Arts Educational Acting School London, Manchester Metropolitan University, & Hope Street Ltd. He is co-founder of the annual horor theatre event www.thecreep.co.uk for which he is co-writer & director. He is also an actor, photographer & film maker. His recent film 'Month of Pistols' has recently been nominated for 'best director' & 'best short' on the film festival circuit.

He has vast experience as a TV & Film actor. His credits include - Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods & Kings, Emmerdale, BBC's Being Eileen, CBBC's Stepping up & Hollyoaks.

Theatre Credits include Ladies Night - Liverpool Royal Court. Alice - Blackpool Winter Gardens & Bullet Shaped Heart - Greenwich Theatre.

Phil is delighted to be joining the PQA team, & relishing the chance to make some exciting films with the PQA actors!

Maureen

Comedy & Drama

Maureen - Comedy & Drama

Maureen is an actress, director, acting coach and producer, who has worked nationally and internationally. Born in Liverpool, Maureen's early training was at the Elliot Clarke College of Dance & Drama and later at the London Centre of Theatre Studies.

Her professional career began as Acting ASM at the Liverpool Empire Theatre, working with comedy veterans Melvyn Hayes and Windsor Davies. Further theatre credits include Joyce in Alan, Liz in Hancock's Lost Half Hour, WW2 musical 99 Heyworth Street, The Winslow Boy and The Voysey Inheritance in Hoxton, and as Mrs Mossop in Trelawny of the Wells at the New Players Theatre, London. For TV and radio, a Christmas radio tribute to classic comedy duo Steptoe and Son, Evermore (Disney Channel), BT World Cup TV commercial, and music videos with Elton John and Cliff Richard.

In 2008 Maureen formed Kolectiv Theatre Productions with Serbian director Aleksandar Dundjerovic touring Serbia and Iran winning 3 International Awards for The Cherry Orchard (Best Production and Best Actress for her performance of Ranyevskaya in Serbia, with a Special Audience Award in Iran. 2014 saw a return to Serbia with Dickens' A Christmas Carol with the KG Children's Theatre.

Maureen was the Show Manager on the National tour of the BBC children's series In the Night Garden and in 2013 became a freelance director, commissioned by the youth organisation Action for Achievement to direct a series of musical plays for children and young people including 80 Miles from Home, a musical set in WW2, Victorian drama The Ghosts of Kirkdale for the Unity Theatre.

Maureen continues to combine her acting career with coaching children and young people, helping them to reach their full potential and fulfil their dreams, and looks forward to her next challenge with PQA Wirral!

Carl

Comedy & Drama

Carl - Comedy & Drama

Carl gained a BA degree in Drama, TV and Film at Aberystwyth University in 2003. After working as a Redcoat at Butlins and on the production team of BBC Eastenders he returned to Wirral, and started acting training at Manchester School of Acting for 3 years and then Act Up North in Liverpool for 3 years.

Past short films include LoveSwiped (2016) and Tellin'Dad (2017). Tellin'Dad stars Ricky Tomlinson and is set for DVD release with Peccadillo Pictures in November 2017.

Theatre Credits include White Christmas at Liverpool Empire and Jekyll and Hyde at Floral Pavillion.

Passionate about acting and the local arts, he has been teaching drama in after school clubs in Wirral schools since 2006 and is excited to be teaching at PQA Wirral!

Vicky

Poppets

Vicky - Poppets

Vicky has been performing since she was four years old and trained at Elliott Clarke College in Liverpool. It was here she discovered her love of performing after being cast in many pantomimes and musical performances from a young age.

She then went on to have a very successful professional performance career spanning over seventeen years as a dancer, actress and performer, working on stage and screen, and then combining her love of performance and travel; progressing to head/principal dancer for the largest Cruise line in the world, Carnival Cruises. She performed all over the world and worked with some of the industry's top choreographers and directors.

Vicky's proudest achievement to date is being a mum to her two boys, and through her children she discovered a love for early years performing arts.

She is thrilled to be leading our early stages performing arts classes, and is passionate and dedicated to making our Poppets' first steps into performance arts an exciting fun filled experience, where our Poppets can build confidence, learn, grow, and thrive through our friendly creative classes.

Tom

Academy Assistant

Tom - Academy Assistant

Tom was first involved in filmmaking while studying an A level in Film at college. In 2016 he graduated from Bangor University with an integrated Masters in History and Archaeology. Since then he has worked towards a career in filmmaking, most recently studying for an MA in Documentary at Liverpool John Moores University where he has been tutored by award winning directors and filmmakers.

His skills encompass the entire filmmaking process from pre-production to post-production, including camera operation, sound recording and editing. Although Tom specialises in documentary production, he has also worked on other types of films. He was recently involved with the production of the upcoming feature length film 'Out of Time', directed by Leon Lopez, with plans to be involved in several short films this year.

Tom is excited to be working at PQA Wirral, and is looking forward to helping students see their ideas come to life through film.

Ellie

Academy Assistant

Ellie - Academy Assistant

Ellie is currently in her second year of training at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.
Ellie has performed since the age of two years old, when she started dance classes at her local dance company. Her involvement has seen her participate in dance competitions across the country since the age of 9, and she is the current holder of the North Wales gold medal in both National and Modern dance. Other experience includes performing on the main stage at the Can You Dance? Super Convention alongside schools such as Wilkes Academy, Addict Dance Academy, SLP and Urdang Academy, and in multiple productions at the Paul McCartney Auditorium in Liverpool, taking on lead roles in shows such as Chicago, Guys and Dolls, The Producers, Miss Saigon, Tommy, Wicked, Les Miserables and Moulin Rouge.

Despite being only 18 years old, Ellie has had a very rich experience within the performing arts industry already, and she can't wait to see where her training takes her, and to go onto do more exciting things in the future. Ellie is a strong believer in good training, and is looking forward to sharing whatever knowledge she can with the students at PQA Wirral.

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

Birkenhead High School Academy
86 Devonshire Place
Prenton
Merseyside
CH43 1TY

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