Fly high at Pauline Quirke Academy

Pauline Quirke, here in a 1978 episode of Crown Court, started acting at a young age Picture: Contributed
Pauline Quirke, here in a 1978 episode of Crown Court, started acting at a young age Picture: Contributed
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BIRDS of a Feather star Pauline Quirke has been on our TV screens since she was a kid. Making her name in series like Angels and Shine on Harvey Moon, she first played Birds’ Sharon Theodopolopodous in 1989 and has gone on to star in series like Missing, Emmerdale and Broadchurch.

Now there’s a chance to follow her career path with the announcement that Edinburgh’s Pauline Quirke Academy is expanding its performing arts programme to offer advanced tuition 16 to 25 year olds.

“I started the Pauline Quirke Academy because when I was young, some of my happiest times were spent in drama classes,” says Quirke.

“Looking back I can see that the skills I learned, is really where it all started for me.”

PQA Plus, as the course will be called, includes workshops in acting, singing, dance, and filmmaking, with students also taking master-classes with some of the leading choreographers, directors, vocal coaches, and film directors in the country.

At the end of each term the skills they have learned will come together in an in-house performance showcase for guests and industry professionals.

“My team and I think we’ve put together a really different performing arts experience, where you’ll be provided with fantastic opportunities to reach your potential and develop your performance skills to an advanced level,” promises the actress.

The Pauline Quirke Academy was founded in 2007 by Quirke and her husband Steve Sheen, and now boasts 107 Academies across 82 locations nationwide.

The Edinburgh PQA will host a free open evening on Tuesday for those interested in attending the PQA Plus course, which will run every Tuesday evening from 6pm to 9pm at St Augustine’s High School.

Course-leader Leonna McGilligan-Dix adds, “I’m really excited to bring this fantastic opportunity to students. As a working professional actor, I can’t wait to share my experiences with the next generation of performers.”

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