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STAGE STAR: Abbots Langley woman wins regional theatre award for am-dram performance

 Published on: 22nd June 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

An Abbots Langley-born amateur dramatist has won a regional award for her performance in a local production.

Emma Stratton, who was raised in the village and now lives in Leavesden, won the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) London branch prize on June 18.

Emma was one of 13 other women across different regions to win the Molly Harle Award for Best Female Character in a Musical for her performance as the villainous sea witch Ursula, a role she performed in the Radlett Music Theatre Company’s (RMTC) production of The Little Mermaid in October of last year.

The prize winners were decided by a NODA representative who watches all the am-dram shows within a designated area.

Speaking to ABBOTSnews, Emma said: “I was shocked and delighted. I didn’t think it was a part that would get nominated, so I was really surprised. I still am!

“I’d never played an out-and-out villain like Ursula before, so this is amazing.”

Though Emma won the award for her work with RMTC, she mainly works in Abbots Langley, and is a frequent collaborator with the local Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

Emma added: “Both my parents were singers and performers in am-dram, so I was raised in it. It’s such a fun thing to do outside of my everyday life.”

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