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WELCOME TO PQA WIRRAL

Due to high demand we are opening a new
afternoon Academy this autumn!

Come along to our

FREE OPEN DAY
on Saturday 6th October
from 1.45-5pm

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

To find out more request a free information pack
or to secure your place at PQA Wirral click HERE

 

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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

Rhian - Vice Principal

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!

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!

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.

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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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