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Preston stage academy to train stars of the future

Lifes a stage: Gemma Bradley with. from left, Poppy Moon, six, Diya Soni, four, Evie Bradley, four, Isabelle Hubberstey, four, Caitlyn Roberts, eight, Daisey Moon, four and Olivia Roberts, five

Lifes a stage: Gemma Bradley with. from left, Poppy Moon, six, Diya Soni, four, Evie Bradley, four, Isabelle Hubberstey, four, Caitlyn Roberts, eight, Daisey Moon, four and Olivia Roberts, five

A mum is setting up a stage academy for youngsters across the city, to train the theatre stars of the future.

Gemma Bradley will open the Premier Drama Academy later this month and hopes to teach children confidence, expression and team work.

The school will work with young people aged three to 16, and Gemma is aiming to pass on her passion and enthusiasm.

The 32-year-old is planning to launch the academy later this month, and it will run from St Martin’s Parish Hall in Broadway, Fulwood.

Gemma said: “It’s a stage academy called Premier Drama Academy and we are going to be offering classes in all three disciplines of the theatre - singing, dancing and acting.”

She said she was affiliated to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and said: “We will be offering exams in musical theatre and acting and I also do provide one-to-one acting lessons.

“I’ve worked in the theatre and on television since I was young.

“I’ve done the National Youth Theatre in London and been in a lot of shows.”

Gemma, who lives in Fulwood, said: “I was a secondary school English and Drama teacher but I left that to have my little girls.”

She also did work with Hollyoaks, and will now return to teaching at the academy on Wednesday evenings from 5pm.

Gemma said: “If we get interest in adults’ classes, we will put them on.

“I am very passionate about the theatre and the LAMDA exams go towards UCAS points. I just want children to come and be confident - it builds confidence, expression, working as a team and qualifications.

“We will do productions as well. I’ve got friends who will work with me who are professionals.

“From growing up going to stage school and being in the theatre, it’s always what I wanted to do.

“I want to pass my passion on and enthusiasm for it to children and others.”

Gemma will host a free open day on September 17, and said: “We will have a meet and greet with myself and one of the teachers, then there’s going to be a mini taster session.”

Classes will run from the following week.

 

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