A fairytale start for new theatre company
A Rutherglen actress is hoping to make a splash after setting up a theatre company with three of her friends.
Emma McDougall has helped start the group ‘Kapow Theatre Scotland’ as she looks to forge a full-time career in the entertainment business.
Later this month, she and Kapow will take their show, ‘Pirates and Princesses v Seamonsters’, to the Sea Life Aquarium at Loch Lomond for three nights.
The 23-year-old will play the lovable but feisty young Princess Bluebelle in the family show.
It follows on from the group first working together on Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale which was performed in December 2014 at the Strathpeffer Pavilion in the Highlands.
While the show is only scheduled to run from May 29 to 31, Emma hopes it is successful enough to merit another run.
The former Burgh and Stonelaw pupil said: “It’s all about pirates and princesses, and we need to team up to defeat the evil seamonster, Drambago!”
“It’s an interactive show, so the kids and even the adults can get involved.
“The main audience is children, I’d say it’s more of a family show, even for kids who are about 11 or 12.
“This is our first show as the company, and we’re absolutely buzzing for it.
“My character is a princess but she loves adventure.
“Hopefully it won’t just be a one off and we’ll be able to do more shows.”
Emma, who works in Hamley’s Toy Store in Glasgow, started the company alongside her workmate Dan Cullen and husband and wife, Ryan and Erika Hassan.
And she reckons the four of them have the ideal skills to succeed: “Last year, Dan and I were working together and he had written a show based on Rapunzel and he asked me to be in it.
“We were just going to do it off our own backs, one thing led to another and we decided to start our own theatre company.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. You need to find the right people and we’re lucky to have the right mix.
“We all bring different skills. I am very organised and Dan is good at speaking to people.
“Erika is fantastic with making the costumes and props and Ryan deals with contracts. It’s a good team with lots of different skills and it helps we are all friends as well.”
Emma, who gained a BA in Acting from Motherwell College, has previously appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe and hopes to pursue a full-time career as an actor.
She still works in Hamley’s, but is hopeful Kapow will take off: “We’ll be doing panto again this year. I want to be continually doing shows.
“Going forward, we want to be able to be able to cast actors so we can give the same opportunities to young actors that we have been give.
“We’ve all got nine to five day jobs right now but this is something we hope will become full-time.”
Kapow’s website is currently under construction but you can go to www. facebook.com/KapowTheatreScotland for more information. Pirates and Princesses v Seamonsters is on from Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 31 at Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium at 5.30pm. Tickets costs £10/£6 and can be obtained from the box office on 01389 721500.
The centre are doing combo tickets so customers can get their ticket to the show along with late entry to the aquarium from 4pm onwards for £2 extra.
Go to www. visitsealife. com/ lochlomond for more information.
Kapow! Emma McDougall from Rutherglen hopes for success with her new theatre company