Sunderland University student lands lead in The Girl and the Unicorn

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AN emerging actress will be treading the boards with a mythical creature as she makes her professional debut.

Carly Nelder is still in her final year studying media and drama at Sunderland University, but has already won a role on one of the region’s biggest stages.

The 21-year-old, from Whitburn, will star in The Girl and the Unicorn, which is running at The Customs House in South Shields over half term.

Aimed at under-seven year olds, the 50-minute play tells the story of Sophia, a little girl who desperately wants to meet a unicorn and heads off on a magical adventure.

Carly, who will play Sophia, said: “I can’t wait to perform in the show. It’s my first professional show and is a great opportunity for me.

“It’s a really fun show to be involved in, really interactive with lush story-telling.”

Written by Customs House favourite Tom Kelly, The Girl and the Unicorn will mark the Blaydon writer’s debut children’s show.

The unicorn who appeared in the venue’s recent pantomime Cinderella will also feature in the show.

Carly added: “I play a six-year-old, which is really good fun as it’s not something you expect to be able to do as a 21-year-old.”

At each show children will receive a free gift and will also have the chance to meet the unicorn after each show.

l The play is at The Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, from February 18 to 20. For more information, tel. 454 1234.