The Stage Scholarship, in association with Pauline Quirke Academy Studios, has been awarded to three students: Hannah Howland, Victoria Beavis and Josh Richardson.
Each of these talented students has been awarded funding for a two-year diploma in performing arts, which will take place at PQA Studios in Pentonville Road, London. Together, these scholarships are worth more than £25,650.
Hannah, aged 16 from central Scotland, is no stranger to the rigours of training and performing. She has already trained at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and appeared, for 18 months, as Veruca Salt in the original cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. During this time, Hannah also played Louise in English National Opera’s Carousel and had various small TV and film roles.
Hannah auditioned for PQA as she was looking for a school that would develop her TV and film performance skills. “I feel privileged to have been awarded this scholarship as I have high aspirations and I wouldn’t be able to pursue my dreams without this financial assistance. I am dedicated to developing my performance skills and I can’t wait to start at PQA as it is very exciting to be part of a new, innovative, dynamic college.”
Victoria, aged 16, had been attending the PQA weekend school at Sandridge, St Albans, before being offered a place at PQA Studios, London.
“On the day of the audition I was nervous and excited,” says Victoria, “but the atmosphere was great and Pauline, Adam and all the staff put together a wonderful presentation and made it a really lovely audition day. At the moment I am most interested in film and TV training, which this school offers, as well as theatre training. I am so grateful to Pauline and her team for this fantastic opportunity to study acting, singing and dancing full-time.”
Josh Richardson, from Hull, is also keen to pursue a career in acting following his two-year course. Hearing about the scholarship opportunity, Josh, aged 16, says it was like winning the lottery.
“It was totally unexpected. It’s so fantastic that The Stage and PQA have offered me this as it could be potentially life-changing.”
Adam Davenport artistic director at the new full-time PQA school enthused about the auditions.
“Hannah, Joshua and Victoria all demonstrated outstanding potential at audition and a clear passion and enthusiasm for the performing arts. All three of them were a delight to work with and we are looking forward to welcoming them to PQA Studios in September,” he said.