Awards Success with Prestigious Drama School
Students from PQA Wolverhampton performed amazingly well in their Royal
Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) Shakespeare Awards a few weeks ago,
for the 2nd consecutive time there was a 100% Pass rate including one at
the highest possible Platinum level.
31 students took the awards with 16 at the entry (Messenger) level, 13
Bronze, 1 gold and 1 Platinum. Students must learn at least 2 speeches or
sonnets and then present them to the assessors in a workshop style one to
one session. They will discuss the plays the speeches come from and try
various alternative methods to improve on their performance or just to find
an alternative angle to it.
The assessors come to PQA from RADA in London for the day and are
senior staff within the RADA teaching teams working with masters level
students and above.
“It is hugely challenging to perform to these assessors who are not only
teachers at the World renowned RADA but also successful actors and
directors in their own right”, said Academy Principal Julian. “They are really
friendly and supportive people looking to give kids the opportunity to do
their best and reinforce their learning but it still feels like an exam and to
many of these kids that is something they haven’t faced in a few years.
Students learned their pieces over a few months and spent several weeks
refining and practicing them ready for the awards day. “It was so good to
see them working together and supporting each other on the day, running
their lines with each other and coming back to give positive words about the
experience,” Vice-Principal Marguerite described, “some older students
even receive advice on preparing to audition for Drama Schools in the
PQA Wolverhampton students will be able to take their next levels in the
awards in early 2023.