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4 - 16 years

The Pauline Quirke Academy is a weekend performing arts school for 4-18 year olds. PQA’s core modules in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television teach a comprehensive range of skills, which are useful for everyday life, not just a career in the performing arts, whilst masterclasses allow students to experience more specialist lessons in areas like stage combat, beat boxing, street dance and magic.

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Music, Dance & Drama

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Meet the Team

Doug Kirby

Doug left his dream to be an actor quite early, but when his children started Drama class he got the bug again. though he now directs and produces Theatre, and Film he can still be found in the back ground of big films and staring in small ones as well as on the professional stage. Now his children are grown up he loves his new family PQA, sharing his experience and skills along with his professional team of teachers assistants with the next generation of stars but also with those that just want to boost their confidence, make new friends and have fun. Performing Arts, Skills for modern life.


Having played in the lead role in a touring preschool theatre show, "The Fairy Prince" which also ran at Brighton Fringe. Ethan is currently studying again earning a full scholarship BA in Film and TV Production at Middlesex. He is a past PQA and student, appearing in the West End and regional theatres and has independent film credits. Ethan has previously worked at a special educational needs school as a TA and Carer but is now excited to be following his dream returning to Film and Performance whilst still sharing his enthusiasm and experience with both Poppets and main Academy.

Teaching Assistant

Tara Lives and works in Theale and loves performing and Dancing. Whether one on one or with groups she loves the creativity and imagination of our Poppets. She whilst Ethan leads the class Tara ensures no one is left out and is knows what they are doing.


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