Fleur du Cap award is child's play

12 March 2008 | Story by Chris McEvoy

Emily Child

At a ceremony at the Baxter on 9 March, drama graduate Emily Child, 22, (pictured left) was announced the winner of the 2007 Fleur du Cap Award for the most promising student.

UCT was well-represented among the winners, with several alumni walking away with awards. These included Chuma Sopotela for best performance by an actress; Alan Committie for best performance by an actor (Committie was also the MC for the evening); Claire Berlein for best supporting actress; Lara Foot-Newton for best new indigenous production; Claire Watling for best performance in a revue or cabaret (shared with Godfrey Johnston); and Luke Ellenbogen for best lighting design.

Child has performed in several plays, including Mirror, Mirror and Othello, in which she took on the role of Emilia. She is currently working with Luke Ellenbogen on Gone Dottie, a one-woman show based on the writings of American writer Dorothy Parker.

"The Fleur du Cap is my first professional acting award," says Child. "I won a couple at school and university but they never required an acceptance speech! This feels pretty huge."

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