Island girl wins prestigious theatre award

Award winner Alison (left) with Buff Hardie and show-mate Steph.
Award winner Alison (left) with Buff Hardie and show-mate Steph.

ALISON MacRae (Stornoway) picked up the ‘Scotland the What?’ Award on Wednesday night (April 17th) at the opening of ‘Spital Shop of Horrors’ – a parody of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ which is this year’s Student Show in Aberdeen.

The Award was set up the genius’ behind ‘Scotland the What?’, who met during Student Show when they themselves were students, and is given to the student who went above and beyond their call of duty during rehearsal period and give it their all.

This year Alison, who is studying Law at Aberdeen University, scooped the title. Her prize includes her name on a plaque on the wall of the Dress Circle Bar in His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen; and she was presented the award by Buff Hardie himself, from ‘Scotland the What?’

“I’m absolutely speechless; I can’t get my head around it,” said Alison.

“The show has got rave reviews and this just tops it off. I’m delighted to win the award, and I am thrilled to be sharing a stage with such a talented young cast and to have worked with a phenomenal production team.

“I’m looking forward to next year already!”

Although no stranger to the stage through competing in Gaelic choirs and solo competitions and plays, the Student Show is only Alison’s second performance in a musical.

“I just threw myself into it, and I’m so glad I did,” she added. “I had the best four weeks of my life and made great friends. I would recommend it to anyone.”

The Student Show has been an integral part of the cultural calendar in Aberdeen for over 90 years, and continues to raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity each year by rewriting a famous film or musical and fitting in Doric and Aberdonian references.

The whole show is rehearsed over a four week period during the University Easter Holidays with a cast selected from the University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University and Aberdeen College.