Sophie the star in Bard’s play

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

AN ac­tress has been picked to play the lead­ing role in a Romeo and Juliet-style play as part of a new fes­ti­val of love for Valen­tines.

Sophie Coward, 21, from Bolling­ton re­cently grad­u­ated from the BA Act­ing course at the Liverpool In­sti­tute of Per­form­ing Arts and has just fin­ished tour­ing the North with Quan­tum Theatre.

Her in­ter­est in per­form­ing was sparked when she played a small role in Wed­ding Photo, a his­tor­i­cal play by Dr John Coope for the Bolling­ton Fes­ti­val in 2005. Since then she has had roles on BBC’s Doc­tors and Se­crets and Words as well as per­form­ing with lo­cal theatre com­pa­nies.

Now she’s been picked to play Miriam, the ro­man­tic lead in stage play Sababa – North­ern Souls for Manch­ester’s Chorl­ton Fes­ti­val of Love. The show cel­e­brates unity and con­nec­tions be­tween Jews and Mus­lims in com­mu­ni­ties.

Sophie said: “Liv­ing in Bolling­ton, it would be hard to ig­nore all the cre­ativ­ity. I started act­ing at the Bolling­ton Fes­ti­val and was a mem­ber of the Bolling­ton Fes­ti­val play­ers.

What first drew me to ‘Sababa - North­ern Souls’ was the mes­sage. It pro­motes love and ac­cep­tance be­tween two very dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties.”

The play is on the evenings of Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 12 and Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 13 at St Wer­burgh’s Church. ●● SOPHIE Coward is to star in Romeo and Juliet

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