Final year acting student at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Isabella Marshall has become the first recipient of a new scholarship from the Welsh branch of the English-Speaking Union.
Isabella, fresh from her lead role in the College’s acclaimed all-female production of Hamlet, received the cheque for a £1000 from ESU Branch President Derek Morgan, and RWCMD Vice President Captain Sir Norman Lloyd-Edwards.
“The English-Speaking Union has a long history of supporting and promoting Shakespearean studies and we were very impressed by Isabella`s evident love of his language and her insight in understanding that one phrase can mean so many different things,” said Derek Morgan. “We are truly delighted that the first recipient of our award is such an outstanding example of the high-calibre of student produced by the College.”
Isabella commented, “I feel incredibly privileged to be receiving this award and am so grateful to the ESU. It will really help me in this final year of study.”
Isabella’s next role with The Richard Burton Company will be in The Children’s Hour, at Royal Welsh College from 26 – 30 March.
She’ll be making her professional debut in the summer as a member of The Theatre by the Lake theatre company on the shores of lovely Derwentwater in Keswick in the Lake District.
The ESU Award will be presented to a final year student each year for at least the next three years. Next year’s recipient will be acting student Alex Palmer, who will receive his cheque at the start of the next academic year.