By Brett Gibbons SCORES of young showbusiness hopefuls turned up for the Majorca launch day of award-winning actress Pauline Quirke's performing arts academy yesterday.


Birds Of A Feather star Pauline was at Agora School in Portals Nous to greet the youngsters, aged from three to 17, who were all hoping to register for the academy.

Parents were also there to hear Pauline talk about her 40-year acting career and underline the academy vow of “Fun Not Fame.” She claimed the academy was not about preparing children for showbiz roles or rehearsing end-of-term shows. “It's about having fun. Too many children nowadays just want to be famous and that is frightening,” she said. The actress was joined by academy principal Rachael Wilkins and specialist tutors Belinda Peach, who is responsible for television and film, Laura Brunton, in charge of musical theatre and Lucy Talei de Bruce, a dance expert.

Calvia councillor Kate Mentink was also at the open day. She commented: “This is a fantastic thing for Majorca. We have so many talented youngsters on the island and it is wonderful to see that they will receive such expert guidance.

Organisers may have to introduce Saturday afternoon classes to cater for demand for places.