Birds of a Feather star opens a performing arts academy in Sheffield

Aspiring actors attend the open day for the Pauline Quirke Acadmey at King Eggberts School
Aspiring actors attend the open day for the Pauline Quirke Acadmey at King Eggberts School
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More than 100 children flocked to the launch of the latest branch of a TV star’s performing arts academy – in Sheffield.

The Pauline Quirke Academy is a weekend school for youngsters aged four to 18, running at King Ecgbert School, Dore.

Aspiring actors attend the open day for the Pauline Quirke Acadmey at King Eggberts School

Aspiring actors attend the open day for the Pauline Quirke Acadmey at King Eggberts School

Young performers were split into different age groups before taking part in sample lessons of the academy’s core modules – comedy and drama, musical theatre and film and television.

Parents had the chance to watch their children in action during the lessons.

Christine Cooksey, academy principal, said the atmosphere was electric at the launch.

She said: “I am delighted to provide young people with such a fantastic performing arts experience. Students will learn valuable skills for everyday life and not just the performing arts.

“I am excited to see what the future brings and thank everyone for their support.”

Pauline, who plays Sharon Theodopolopodos in hit comedy series Birds of a Feathre, said: “When we opened our first academy in 2007 our mission was simply to provide the very best performing arts education. We’ve grown a lot since then, but that mission hasn’t changed.

“By working with people we believe are outstanding in their field, we aim to bring the widest, most exciting experience to our students in an environment that is both friendly and rewarding.”

PQA Sheffield runs every Saturday, from 9.45am to 1pm, at King Ecgbert School, Totley Brook Road.