Emily Ridge

Margaret

RECENT THEATRE EXPERIENCE

Emily was last seen on stage at Teatro Vivaldi’s, performing as Monica in Noel Coward’s Weatherwise.  Previously Emily has performed for Canberra Reperatory Society as Clara de Phoenix in Trelawny of the Wells, Leonilda in Casanova and as Kitty Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.  Some of Emily’s musical roles include Anna in High Fidelity (Phoenix Players), Frenchy in Grease (Freerain Theatre Company) and as a featured ensemble member in Les Miserables (Canberra Philharmonic Society).  Emily has performed in ensemble roles in The Velveteen Rabbit, Oklahoma, Singing in the Rain, Charlotte’s Web, Guys and Dolls and Rebel Without a Cause all for Freerain Theatre Company.  Emily was nominated for a Cat Award for her performance in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Pee Wee Productions).

 

ON SHAKESPEARE

My first encounter with Shakespeare was at an outdoor performance in a park and it was love at first sight!  I’ve enjoyed watching and reading Shakespeare ever since - partly because I feel like a detective when I uncover all the hidden meanings in the text – and partly because I feel intellectually superior when I quote it in everyday conversation.  

 

WHAT SHAKESPEARE BY THE LAKES MEANS FOR CANBERRA

Shakespeare by the Lakes gives all Canberrans the chance to fall in love with Shakespeare – not just those fortunate enough to afford tickets to Bell Shakespeare.  It also keeps theatre live and exciting, the way it should be!

 

HOW I FEEL ABOUT MARGARET

Margaret is fun and full of energy and an absolute joy to play.  Having said that, poor old Margaret gets a bit of a raw deal in Much Ado as the victim of some Shakespearean slut shaming – something I’m sure the other characters would be outraged by if they weren’t so busy falling in love!

 

HOW I FELT ABOUT GETTING THE ROLE

A delicious combination of relieved, terrified and excited! I can’t wait to get started!