Pauline Quirke’s Southwick pupils take to West End

Pauline Quirke Academy Southwick Students performing at her Majesty's Theatre SUS-151120-161027001

Pauline Quirke Academy Southwick Students performing at her Majesty's Theatre SUS-151120-161027001

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IT HAS been an exciting term for the students of the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in Southwick as they dazzled friends and family with a spectacular performance.

As part of the academy’s curriculum, the students got the opportunity to perform at Her Majesty’s Theatre London home to Phantom of the Opera, and get to experience the thrill and buzz of performing on a West End stage.

Pauline Quirke Academy Southwick Trinity certificates SUS-151120-161039001

Pauline Quirke Academy Southwick Trinity certificates SUS-151120-161039001

Birds of a Feather star, Pauline Quirke, said she started the academy because drama class was one of the best experiences of her childhood.

She told the Herald: “All of the students performed spectacularly on stage, they took their moment, remembered their lines and delivered them confidently.

“Performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre is an amazing opportunity for our students. They get to experience what it’s like to perform on a top West End stage, plus taking a bow to a theatre full of people applauding them boosts their confidence like nothing else.

“It’s a very proud moment for me, the parents, teachers and principal as they laugh, cheer and cry all at the same time.”

Pauline Quirke Academy Southwick 5th birthday SUS-151120-161005001

Pauline Quirke Academy Southwick 5th birthday SUS-151120-161005001

All the pupils were awarded distinctions in their Musical Theatre in Production exams with Trinity College London as a result of their outstanding performances.

In September the academy celebrated its fifth birthday at the Southwick Centre with the students enjoying the excellent baking talents of one of our parents and a little bit of magic with a Tommy Cooper-style  magic masterclass.

Pauline said: “I started the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts because when I was younger some of the happiest times I spent were spent in drama classes.

“Looking back I can see that the skills I learnt and the friends I made were really where it all started for me. I wanted to recreate that opportunity for a new generation of young people.”

Pauline Quirke Academy Southwick BBC trip one show group SUS-151120-161017001

Pauline Quirke Academy Southwick BBC trip one show group SUS-151120-161017001

Students enjoyed an afternoon at BBC Broadcasting House in October, with a chance to have a go at reading the news or presenting the weather and record a radio play.

Julian McDowell, the principal at the academy, is currently appearing as Kenneth Horne in the 50th anniversary touring production of Round The Horne with The Apollo Theatre Group.

The show transfers to The Museum of Comedy’s Cooper Theatre in London, in January 2016.

The students at the academy are looking forward to visiting this unique venue in the new year where, among other things, they can meet the original Sooty and Sweep and see some of the magic tricks that belonged to Tommy Cooper.

For more details about the academy, visit www.pqacademy.com

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