Am­bi­tion drives ac­tress

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre - So­phie Gabrielle

FOR­MER John XXIII Col­lege Drama Cap­tain Tahlia Nor­rish will move to Lon­don to con­tinue her act­ing stud­ies this month.

The Perth theatre and film ac­tress is one of 30 stu­dents ac­cepted to study a three-year BA (Hons) Act­ing course at lead­ing Bri­tish drama school Rose Bru­ford Col­lege of Theatre and Per­for­mance.

Tahlia grew up in Swan­bourne and per­formed in her break­out role in The Owl (2013).

She re­cently fin­ished tour­ing WA with the play The Dream­ing Hill, in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the AN­ZAC cen­te­nary.

Tahlia said she was in­ter­ested in try­ing her hand at writ­ing and di­rect­ing, but her ul­ti­mate dream was to work for the Na­tional Theatre in Lon­don.

“I love to work across dif­fer­ent medi­ums,” she said.

“I find thought-pro­vok­ing and mean­ing­ful pieces es­pe­cially re­ward­ing.”

Tahlia spent a year at the Liver­pool In­sti­tute for Per­form­ing Arts study­ing act­ing and mu­si­cal theatre in 2013 and was awarded the 2014 Philip Holt Hu­man Spirit Award.

The am­bi­tious ac­tress said she would spend her spare time in Lon­don pur­su­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“I want to come back and share all my new ideas and ex­pe­ri­ences,” she said.

Tahlia Nor­rish will pur­sue act­ing in Lon­don.

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