In the second of our interviews celebrating Sutton’s 10th anniversary, we speak to Sam Johnson.
Sam has been a student of PQA for many years, he went on to join the National Youth Theatre and is now a student at RADA. He has taught at PQA many times
How old were you when you joined PQA?
I was 10 years old when I started, I was in the Blue group and I was definitely one of the younger ones.
Do you remember why you joined? What were you hoping to get from PQA?
I just knew that I wanted to perform and my mum found an ad in the paper for an open day. I never could sit still as a kid and I think I always wanted to be on the stage. I was hoping to just do what I loved once a week.
Do you have a favourite project you took part in? What did you enjoy about it?
Fright Night was such an amazing experience. It was my second west end show with PQA and the musical itself was great. We all came together as a cast and had such a fun time rehearsing that we’d meet up afterwards and run the numbers.
Are you still in contact with students from your time at PQA?
Yes! We still have the same group chat going we set up years ago. We still meet up for catch-ups from time to time to.
What are you doing now?
I am currently in my first year at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) studying BA Acting.
Has PQA helped you with your current work / study? If so how?
Absolutely. I wholeheartedly believe I would never have gotten to where I am today without PQA. They gave me the confidence to believe in myself and my own abilities and go out and seek the things I needed in order to develop my craft.
What advice would you give current students at PQA?
Just have fun! Enjoy yourself every week. Through yourself into the work every single class. Be silly, passionate and don’t take yourself too serious. You’ll look back on this time one day so make as many wonderful memories as you possibly can.