The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts is opening in Ibiza!
- Carly Sorensen
Fantastic news for Ibiza parents! Actress Pauline Quirke, probably best known for her role as Sharon in Birds of a Feather, is launching one of her hugely successful Performing Arts Academies here on the island. The Pauline Quirke Academy is a weekend performing arts school for 4-18 year olds – and PQA Ibiza is opening its doors on Saturday 22nd October!
“I started The Pauline Quirke Academy (PQA) because when I was younger some of my happiest times 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, so I wanted to re-create that opportunity for a new generation of young people. When we opened our first Academy in 2007 our mission was simply to provide the very best performing arts education. We’ve grown a lot since then, but that mission hasn’t changed. By working with people we believe are outstanding in their field, we aim to bring the widest, most exciting experience to our students in an environment that is both friendly and rewarding. Above all, we encourage our students to be amazing just by being themselves.”
What is PQA?
PQA is a weekend performing arts Academy providing tuition for children and young people from 4-18 years. Students spend three hours at the Academy, rotating through hour-long sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television, each module is compulsory for all students. Students are split into three groups according to their age (4-5, 6-9, 10-12 and 13-18) and are taught by specialist teachers who are also industry professionals . Classes at PQA Ibiza will be held on Saturday mornings at the Palacio de Congresos in Santa Eulalia and taught in English, but most of the teachers also speak Spanish so non English speakers are also very welcome.
Nine years ago, Pauline Quirke launched her first Performing Arts Academy in High Wycombe, today there are over 100 Academies in the UK and one in Mallorca.
Comedy & Drama
These sessions are devoted to expanding students knowledge of different theatrical forms and techniques. This includes everything from improvisation and devised theatre to mime, mask, scripts and vocal techniques – including projection and diction. Theatre games improve confidence, self-esteem, teamwork and communication skills and the use of imagination and the tools of storytelling are emphasised.
Students are encouraged to explore different staging options, including ‘in-the- round,’ ‘promenade’ and even site-specific work – all designed to give them the broadest acting experience possible.
This module combines elements of singing, dancing and acting because, in a musical, performers need to use all three to convey a story to the audience.
Students a range of vocal and movement techniques and they also get the chance to work on scenes that move into musical numbers, giving them the ability to pass from dialogue to song and dance seamlessly within the performance process, using all three techniques to enhance the story for the audience.
Film & Television
Acting for camera is very different to acting on stage and this module looks at the very honest and truthful style required for the screen. Students will get the chance to see how writing for TV and film works as well as try the roles of director, camera operator and other production roles. Students work from a mixture of real film & TV scripts along with 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.’
Best of all, PQA hold special red carpet screening events at local cinemas where they show all the film projects to an invited audience of family and friends. That’s your kids, up there, on the same big screen they normally watch the latest blockbuster on.
Poppets (Age 4 – 5)
These 90 minutes sessions run alongside the modules for older kids and 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 movement, music, voice, dance and teamwork.
This is usually centred around a fun theme devised by the teacher and Poppets students also perform showcases to parents, family and friends.
PQA Ibiza Open Day
PQA Ibiza is holding a FREE open day on Saturday 22nd October from 9.45am – 1pm at Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza, Av. Dr. Camacho 9-1, 07840 Santa Eulalia del Rio, Ibiza. Students and Parents will be welcomed by staff at 9.45am and given a talk about the Academy. Following this, parents are invited to stay and talk to Principal Heather Smith whilst the students are split into their groups and taught taster sessions of each of the three modules.
There will also be an opportunity for parents to see their kids in action and watch mini performances of what they’ve achieved that morning. All students are advised to wear comfortable clothing and sport shoes and to bring water and a snack.
- For more information on the Open Day, please call or visit the PQA website below.
Location & Contacts …
PQA is based at the superb Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza. For Google Maps use;
Carrer Metge Salvador Camacho, 11, 07840 Santa Eulalia Des Ríu, Illes Balears
Contact PQA by telephone, via their website or local facebook below
Tel (0034) 657 237 906