Teenage actress from Aylsham wins national drama award

Teenage actress Louise Waller has won a prestigious national award for her starring role in a kitchen sink drama.

The 17-year-old from Aylsham is to receive the accolade from the National Operatic and Dramatic Society for her portrayal as Beattie in Roots - Sir Arnold Wesker's look at the relationships in a rural family.

In the drama at Sheringham Little Theatre Louise played a young girl returning to her humble home bristling with the influences of her time in the big city and her intellectual boyfriend.

The demanding role - which she combined with her studies at Paston Sixth Form College - drew rave reviews.

Noda's Susan Duport's said: 'what a performance….., a true tour de force … hardly off stage and so much dialogue, thoughts, emotions and life to portray in her relationships with family and what she hopes for in her future.'

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And the EDP and North Norfolk News reviewer Richard Batson said she was 'a talent to watch out for on the bigger stage in years to come.'

Louise, who is a member of the Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society will be presented with the award at a ceremony to be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Stansted Airport on Sunday April 29.

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She is also part of Paston's nationally acclaimed Far East Theatre and took the role of the Duchess in the company's production of As You Like It in December.

Louise is studying A-levels in drama and theatre, English literature and sociology at Paston, and the award will boost her hopes of going of going on to drama school after leaving college.

Principal Peter Mayne said: 'We're all very proud of Louise. She manages to combine her academic studies with her love of the theatre and excels in all she sets out to achieve'.

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