A Coldingham actress is about to achieve a long held ambition by starring in a show at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.
Former Eyemouth High pupil Carmella Williams, or Camilla Brown, to give her her stage name, has been away from home for three years now and after graduating from Kent’s Bird College of Dance, Music & Theatre Performance last year has got a few roles under her belt.
She’s starred in a number of short films and trod the boards at London’s iconic Old Vic Theatre but she describes her latest job as the highlight of her career so far.
Camilla will star in ‘Alba’ at Sturgeon’s Hall from August 11-23.
A new Scottish musical written and directed by Finn Anderson is billed in the Fringe programme as ‘an exhilarating, heartwarming story of a young man whose reluctant return to rural Scotland sparks an emotional rollercoaster of self discovery, triggering him to rekindle his love for his home country and its people.’
Like her fellow castmates, Carmella auditioned for the role and was thrilled to learn she’d made the cut, particularly as its a multidiscipline show which will utilise all of her theatrical skills.
““I was attracted to it as its theme is about going back to your roots and appreciating where you come from.
“I also liked the fact it was looking for actor/musicians for the roles as that’s very much what I’m about.
“So for the audition I sang, played an instrument and read a monologue- I was really excited to be asked to be part of the show.”
Carmella and the rest of the cast are the first people to ever perform ‘Alba’ meaning that she went into it completely blind.
But rather than being daunted by this prospect, Carmella was itching to get on board.
“I’ve done a few new shows since graduating and I really enjoy the challenge,” she continued.
“I love the creative element to it; we are encouraged to input our ideas and try out new things .
“I’m playing a few roles in ‘Alba’ the main one being Beth.
“She is one of the people the main character meets during his unexpected pilgrimage home.
“She’s very free-spirited and tries to show him how life can be better if you don’t always follow the rules.
“It’s a great part to play.”
Carmella plays the flute, guitar and ukelele and will be playing at least two of those in ‘Alba’ but her career could have taken a very different turn if it wasn’t for an unexpected injury a few years ago which forced her to re-think which route she wanted to go down.
““I was ready to go down the musical theatre and dancing route when I slipped whilst performing and suffered a serious spinal fracture.
“It was one of those ‘one in a million’ style injuries; I just happened to land on exactly the wrong spot.
“It took me nearly a year to recover and I had to re-evaluate what I wanted to do.
“It was then that I decided I wanted to focus on why I got into theatre in the first place- my love for storytelling and musuc is a great way of doing that.”
Carmella’s family, including dad Raymond, star of countless local productions, are very proud of her Fringe appearance but for the lady itself it still hasn’t sunk in.
“The Fringe is the biggest theatrical event of its kind in the world but it hasn’t quiet hit me yet that I’m going to be a part of it!”