Nicola Esson

NICOLA ESSON

Born in Aberdeen, Nicola made her professional debut in Her Majesty’s Theatre, in her hometown at the age of 10yrs as one of MacDuff’s children under the direction of David Pountney in Scottish Opera’s, MacBeth conducted by Sir Alexander Gibson.  She studied classical ballet under Eileen Ewen gaining all her Royal Academy of Dance exams and upon leaving school was offered a place at both East 15 Acting School and Grays School of Art.  3 years later she graduated as a professional actress, earning her Full Equity card the old-fashioned way.  Her early theatre work brought her up to Glasgow in Cinderella,  back down to London’s King’s Head Theatre in Lorca’s The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife and touring nationally with Century Theatre in Cabaret, Play It Again, Sam, They’re Playing Our Song and Arms and the Man.  She toured Ireland and England with the popstar Gilbert O’Sullivan in Every Song Has It’s Play and played an early piano in a big frock and wig as the scandalous Elizabeth McQuarrie in John Byrne’s BBC2 Screen play A Tour of the Western Isles.  Film includes Janice in Multi-Storey Martha, a rendition of a modern myth, for Fortuna Films directed by George Rossi.

Since settling in Maldon in ’95 she set up macTheatre with husband and Artistic Director, Barrie Jaimeson.  Her work here utilises her art and design skills and visual conceptions, concentrating on all aspects of theatre production whilst raising a family.  She has acted in several professional shows for macTheatre namely Margaret in The Hooded Monk, When They Sound the Last All  Clear, The Holly & the Ivy and……the Mistletoe! and made a rare appearance under the pseudo-name Thomas Kent as Bertram in Alls Well that Ends Well.  Nicola also performs in various Arts Projects throughout Essex for Essex County Council.

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