Bright Young Thing: Em Lawrance

PUBLISHED: 15:30 05 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:30 05 September 2016

wel sept 16 byt

wel sept 16 byt


Em Lawrence is a rising star in the making and boasts a variety of musical skills that anyone should be proud of. Performing at numerous theatres across the UK, she dreams to become a West End star one day

Who are you and what do you do?

I am Em Lawrence and I am a student at Forest School in Snaresbrook. I perform, sing (primarily musical theatre) and play drums, guitar and piano.

Where do you live and what do you like about it?

I live in Woodford Green. I love how close I am to so many of my friends and how easy it is to get into London.

Tell us about your family?

My mum, Ruth, is training to be a primary school teacher. She has just changed careers from being a solicitor. My dad, Nigel, is a recruitment manager for an American software house. My older sister, Hannah, is studying electronic engineering and is currently doing her year in industry with GE.

What is the most exciting thing that has happened to you over the past year?

In July, I performed with Redbridge Drama Centre at the National Theatre on the Olivier stage for our production of Gargantua as part of the National Theatre Connections festival. I, along with the rest of the band, composed the music for it and we had an amazing time! Also, I was chosen to play Sally Bowles in our school production of ‘Cabaret!’ The cast consisted of senior students and staff members. We only had two weeks to rehearse and we were all very proud of the show!

Who are your biggest influences?

My mum has a great influence on me as she is such a positive role model in my life and I look to her for guidance, even though she still sees me as five-years-old. Also, I am a part of National Children’s Senior Choir and one of our conductors, Dan Ludford-Thomas, is a huge inspiration.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Hopefully on the West End Stage, performing in musicals. I’d also quite like to have had a lot more experience teaching kids how to sing, as it is something that really makes me happy and I think is very important.

How do you relax?

I go to Shoreditch lots with my boyfriend, Conor, and I love relaxing on long walks with my friends.

What makes you smile?

I sing and play guitar to people with dementia and to elderly members of my local community. I teach them to sing along with me, which always makes me smile as they are so happy and relaxed. I hugely believe that music is very effective in helping people with dementia.

What is your worst habit?

Biting my nails, definitely!

What music motivates you/helps you unwind?

I love listening to musical theatre, however a song that helps me unwind is Cherry Wine by Hozier as it is a beautiful song.

What do you have planned during the summer holidays?

I am doing a residential course with National Youth Theatre for Stage Management, as I think that learning about each individual aspect of theatre is very important and I did some as part of my work experience last year and loved it! I am also going on a road trip around California with my family.

Are you looking forward to going back to school and why?

I am really excited about starting sixth form, as I will be studying my favourite subjects.

Do you have a claim to fame?

When I performed in Joseph at the Adelphi, I met Andrew Lloyd Webber and he shook my hand!

Tell us something about you that may surprise us?

I am vegetarian but secretly yearn to have the willpower to be vegan.

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