Performance Preparation Academy

At PPA we believe that theatre training should be a challenging, inspiring, life affirming and ultimately life changing experience. We are committed to creating a nurturing and supportive environment in which every single student is valued as an individual.

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PPA Showreel

Posted 27/08/2014


View our showreel for a representation of what we do here at PPA!

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Barry and I would like to thank all of the students who entered our Take Me Away competition. We are still finalising our decisions and will announce who the four finalists will be tomorrow.  Please see the attached list of PPA students and confirm that we haven't missed anyone. Please pass on our regards to all of them. They are indeed a very talented group and testament to the professionalism of your establishment. You should be very proud of them all.
Mark Petty (Songwriter)
I must pass on my extreme delight with your students who were involved in Santa Claus. They were all professional and very well behaved. You should be very proud of these guys who technically learnt an entire musical in 9 days and danced my choreography beautifully to the standard and accuracy of any ensemble I know. I have spoken with Paul Holman the producer and we will be definitely using further students next year from your college for other Christmas shows. Please pass on my love and thanks to Luke, Charlie, Ross, Chris, Annie, Charlie, carys and Kate. They were amazing and I am so proud of them all. I would love the opportunity to maybe come down and do a few classes with your students as I just adore there work ethic and manners, this clearly shows a great deal of respect for both of you too.
Will Peaco (Choreographer)
In June this year I had the privilege to be involved with the PPA presentation of “Coram Boy”. As originating Musical Director of the National Theatre production I was aware of the musical complexities of the piece and the vocal challenges the score poses for a young cast, ensemble and choir. In the rehearsal room I was greeted by an engaged and engaging group of 2nd year students. The ambience was one of vibrant creativity, with a thorough and hardworking professional approach to the rehearsal process. The music had been prepared in detail by Nick Charters, and the production was directed meticulously and with insight by Paul Chesterton, backed up by a strong design, lighting and sound team. The staging, as a site-specific project – an inspired choice, was in the setting of Trinity Church, Guildford. PPA have got the education just right for the profession, under the dedicated leadership of co-principals Louise Pieri and Rachel Crouch. When industry professionals are beginning to question the wisdom of university-linked performance courses, this is an independent education with a philosophy of skills based training at its core, and working to a conservatoire model.
Derek Barnes
…staggeringly high standard….unless they want to go into ‘classical’ stage acting I can’t see how any of those need more than a MAXIMUM of  2 years more training (possibly including any would be classicists)
Mark Woolgar on production of 13




PPA have four excellent patrons in Bonnie Langford, Kerry Ellis, Hadley Fraser and Stephen Hartley. All have an active involvement within the college, alongside our mentoring programme with leading industry professionals.

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