For some their dreams of becoming actors on the stage stop short after finishing university, but Emma Carter, 33, refused to give up on her dream.
Having grown up in Norfolk Emma graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 1999, and went on to take part in amateur dramatics across the city,
In 2007 she was runner up for the Best Actress category for her role in OneOff production’s The Crucible and in 2008 won the Best Actress category for playing Cecily in The Importance Of Being Earnest.
Today she is touring with the London-based Icarus Theatre Collective as Lady Macduff in Macbeth, is currently appearing throughout August at the New Town Theatre, Edinburgh, and will be returning to Portsmouth at the Kings Theatre from September 13 until 14.
She can’t believe after working as a teacher in Hayling Island for six years and appearing in countless amateur productions that she is finally doing what she loves.
Emma says: ‘I sold my house and sold my car and everyone said it was bonkers when I moved to London for drama school (at the Arts Educational School). But I took a chance and did something I always wanted to do.
‘I did a masters there and I had learnt a lot from appearing in amateur productions in Portsmouth.’
Emma joined the Icarus Theatre Collective after seeing an advert for auditions on their website, although she had always kept a close eye on them.
She explains: ‘I’ve been following Icarus since I graduated and I was really interested in their dynamic theatre and taking part with them. I was definitely keeping tabs on them.
‘They offered me the part. It’s brilliant because this is my first major project I’ve had since leaving drama school.’
Currently performing everyday at 1pm at the New Town Theatre in Edinburgh, she can’t believe she is taking part in the worlds biggest arts festival.
‘I’ve never been before and its absolutely fantastic,’ Emma adds, ‘because there are so many artists, musicians and comedians. It’s absolutely wonderful.’
The cast (which consists of seven people – as Emma points out she plays more than one character and there are a lot of quick costume changes) are touring throughout the UK until Spring 2012 with their next stop being the Kings Theatre, Southsea from September 13 until 14. The theatre itself are joint producers of the production.
Emma explains: ‘It’s great the Kings are supporting the production. They are really encouraging it.
‘I feel like it’s going to be coming home to where I started because I know so many people. It’s where I decided I wanted to be an actor.’
Tickets cost from £13.50 to £15 from Kings Theatre, Southsea on (023) 9282 8282 or kings-southsea.com.