Student wins place at London drama school run by TV star
- Credit: Charlie Dade
A 16-year-old is celebrating after securing a place at a prestigious drama school in London.
Charlie Dade is currently sitting his GCSEs at Hellesdon High School and will be taking up a place at PQA Studios London after wowing judges at his audition earlier this year.
Actor Pauline Quirke, who is best known for her role as Sharon in the hit BBC sitcom Birds of a Feather, is the brains behind the new full-time drama school.
Charlie auditioned in front of a panel of industry judges to secure his place and will be studying on the two-year Diploma in Performing Arts course.
He said: 'I had a place at sixth form locally, but when the opportunity arose to do a two-year diploma in performing arts at the new PQA Studios London I jumped at the chance to audition.'
Charlie's audition not only consisted of performing in front of the panel, he also had to take part in group workshops in improvisation, dance and singing and had an individual interview.
He had previously attended the Pauline Quirke Academy weekend stage school in Norwich as well as being in the English Youth Ballet since he was eight.
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Mr Dade added: 'I am really excited about this amazing opportunity I have been given to study full-time on the diploma course at the new PQA Studios London.
'This is a whole new chapter in my life and one which I am looking forward to with the challenges of leaving home at 16 years old, the independence it will give me and the new people I will meet from all areas of the industry.
'I look forward to finding my real strengths and which avenues I hope to succeed at, whether that is TV, film or theatre.'
The academy is based in the original Poor School building which closed last year after three decades.
The building has been totally renovated and now has a fully equipped in-house theatre and several large high spec studios spaces. It will reopen as PQA Studios London in September.
Features of the course include singing musical theatre, dance, TV, camera work and script writing.
Many of the teachers at PQA Studios London have performed in successful West End shows and use their experience in their teaching.
For more information on PQA Studios visitpqastudios.com