A fairy­tale start for new theatre com­pany

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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

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