Nor­rish wins English prize

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage -

SWAN­BOURNE ac­tor Tahlia Nor­rish has re­ceived the 2017 Lil­ian Baylis Award at The Old Vic Theatre in Lon­don, pre­sented by ac­claimed stage and screen ac­tor David Suchet.

Nor­rish, who is in her sec­ond year at Bri­tish drama school Rose Bru­ford Col­lege, was se­lected as one of 11 stu­dents for the prize, which in­cluded a £1500 ($2500) bur­sary.

“It was in­cred­i­bly hum­bling to re­ceive such recog­ni­tion, and ob­vi­ously very in­spir­ing to then spend the day with David and the other win­ners,” Nor­rish said.

She said she ul­ti­mately wanted to re­turn home and work pre­dom­i­nately in Aus­tralia.

“I’d love to be able to work be­tween the UK and Aus­tralia if I can,” the 22-year-old said. “I’ve been blessed with the op­por­tu­nity to train and work here, and I can’t deny how rich and alive the in­dus­try is.

“But it’s re­ally im­por­tant to me that I tell Aus­tralian sto­ries and do what I can to pro­mote the tal­ent and in­dus­try back home.”

David Suchet presents Tahlia Nor­rish with the Lil­ian Baylis Award.

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