Mini M started Pauline Quirke Academy (PQA) in September 2018. The teachers at PQA Fylde are fantastic & Mini M adores his Poppets teacher Megan & the Principal Rachael
PQA is a weekend performing arts Academy providing tuition for children and young people from 4-18 years. Students spend three hours with us, rotating through hour-long sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. Students are split into groups according to their age and are taught by specialist teachers.
Comedy & Drama sessions are devoted to expanding our students’ knowledge of different theatrical forms and techniques. This includes everything from improvisation and devised theatre to mime, mask, script work and vocal techniques – including projection and diction.
Musical Theatre combines elements of singing, dancing and acting in this module because, in a musical, performers need to use all three to convey a story to the audience. PQA students are taught a range of vocal and dance techniques and they also get the chance to work on scenes that move into musical numbers.
Before Christmas the main academy performed with G4 at Blackpool Tower & it was a huge success. In November this year PQA Fylde are putting on a performance in a West End theatre
Film & Television – Acting for the screen is very different to acting on stage and the students look at the very honest and truthful style required for the camera. Students will get the chance to see how writing for Film and TV works as well as try the roles of director, camera operator, and other production roles. Students work from a mixture of real film and TV scripts as well as creating material themselves. Along with specific skills-based sessions, students learn by actually making film projects – from silent movies and pop promos to short films, documentaries and ‘mini-features.’
Poppets is a performing arts experience for 4 and 5-year-olds. These 90-minute sessions are designed to encourage young children to develop performance and communication skills as they create and explore stories, songs, roles and situations through the use of acting, movement, music, voice, dance, and teamwork. Classes are usually centred around a fun theme that one of our experienced workshop leaders has devised.
Poppets also have the opportunity to enjoy taking part in Young Performers Certificates through Trinity College London, at no additional charge to you. These are awards, not examinations and are designed to build confidence, group interaction skills and a sense of achievement with their child-centered introduction to performance
Mini M loves Poppets. He is so excited to go every week and his confidence has grown so much since he started. He has great fun in the sessions & has made some great friends. Each week there is a Poppet of the Week who gets a certificate & also gets to take Pip the puppet home
PQA Fylde have their Open Day this Saturday (19th January) at Highfield Academy 9.45-1300 (9.45-11.30 for Poppets). Check out their event page on Facebook for more information & to reserve your place
We look forward to many more years & experiences with PQA Fylde
Disclaimer: I have not received any benefits for writing this post, I am sharing information as Mini M loves going to PQA & I want to help spread the word of what they do, as well as make people aware of upcoming Open Dayby