EAS: The History of Edinburgh’s Premier Acting School
1982 Founded by Anna Tinline and Nan Cochrane, EAS began it’s journey at 24 Nicholson Street, as Edinburgh Acting and Business Schools. It had 46 students on opening.
1983 Edinburgh Acting and Business School splits partnership and becomes Edinburgh Acting School.
1984 First shows “Moonzapoppin” and “Who’s Rights”. Starring Gail Porter in the cast.
EAS does it’s first Fringe production “Into Fame”, this show involved Daniela Nardini and Denise Borland.
1984-89 EAS runs a full-time acting course. Alumni include: Daniela Nardini and Denise Borland.
1988 EAS moves into EUSA at Pleasance with offices, wardrobe and props department and a teaching Space.
1988-1999 EAS boasts seven to eight Fringe shows each year. Also wins an Award for coming 3rd Place in Cavalcade entertainment floats. Each year floats are created for with different themes.
1982-2011 EAS produced over 350 very large shows, not including end of term presentations.
2011 30th Year re-union in October.
2011 Kirsty Halliday takes over the school so it can continue its journey. At this point the school is part-time once again and has classes for both children and adults. Although the school is much smaller now it starts to get built up to its former glory and has lots more to come!
2014 In the past three years the Trinity Guildhall acting exams have been reproduced with a 100% pass rate. All classes have had the opportunities to perform and we have performed; ADULTS – Billy Liar, The Tempest, The Importance Of Being Earnest, 4.48 Psychosis, A collection of monologues, A selection of one act plays, JUNIORS – Burke and Hare, Wizard Of Oz, Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Only Way Is Rapunzel.
2018 We took to the Churchill Theatre Stage with our 1st Performance Class production of Tartuffe, directed by Jen McGregor. The show also opened with a showcase performance from our Intermediates and Advanced Classes.
Over the years:
*Every second year, EAS produced top quality pantomimes in February in the Pleasance Theatre (EAS resurrected the main theatre which hadn’t been used for years and is now a thriving Fringe venue). Pantomime casts boasted of 100 and more with a huge 300 hundred costumes required.
*Patrons of EAS have included: Ian Charlson, Rikki Fulton, Tony Roper.
*EAS pioneered Summer Schools and Easter Schools in Edinburgh and outwith including Stirling, Falkirk, Dunfermline, Keslo, Glasgow.
*Branches of the school in Dunfermline, Melrose and Glasgow.
*First Stage Course offered for children involving 4/5 hours per week for a minimum of 1 year. Exams for students by Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
*School has also offered tuition in Higher Drama with a 100% pass rate and all gained As or Bs.
*Students won parts in Prince Charles animated film of the Old Man of Lochnagar. Anna Tinline and the 2 young students worked with Robbie Coltrane, Hannah Gordon, script writers of The Muppets and were invited to Highgrove to have drinks with Prince Charles and Dave Edwards animation company.
*EAS over the years did theatre trips to London in the summer. Also did trips to see productions in Edinburgh, RSC in Newcastle and Glasgow.
*At one point EAS had a casting agency which gave lots of opportunity for children and adults to appear on TV/Films including roles alongside Julia Roberts. They also worked in radio as well as corporate in-house videos.
*Guest speakers over the years have included, Tom McGrath, Alison Steadman, Lyndsay Duncan, Ian Charlson, David Jessop, James Martin and many, many more.
*In the great fire of Edinburgh in 2002 , tragedy struck and EAS lost everything including Anna’s personal book collection of over 1000. It left the school devastated but at the same time overwhelmed the staff with the support and generosity from current and former students offering photographs and memorabilia which provided comfort during a very distressing time.
*Students have gone on to further careers in acting, theatre, film, radio, teaching, weather presenters, radio presenters, singers, dancers. Many former students are still working as actors and very importantly teaching drama and many associated subjects.
*Former students include Gail Porter, Daniela Nardini, Jamie Sives, Susan Boyle, Denise Borland and many more.
*If you are a previous student and would like to tell us what you are doing now or be added to the timeline please contact us.*