About Laal Marra Productions

La'al Marra Productions was formed in 2011 by actress and writer Emma Rydal to create professional theatre and short films. The company uses local talent wherever possible. Rydal's first play 'True' chronicled a mother daughter relationship through the decades. It premiered at Manchester's 24.7 Theatre Festival in 2011 and won The Audience Award for Best Production, The Vicky Allen Equity Award and was nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award. It toured around Cumbria where the company are based. Based on the play a screenplay was written and two short films 'One Last Walk' and 'A Bit More Sleep' were made. The latter winning an Osprey Award at Keswick Film Festival.

The company are now producing 'Soaked' in collaboration with The Rosehill Theatre. The project has received funding from The Arts Council and Cumbria County Council and is back in Cumbria for Summer 2018 following a successful tour of Cumbria, Lancaster and Manchester in October 2017.

Emma Rydal

Emma Rydal

Emma gained a BA (Hons) in Performance Arts at Middlesex University in 1994 and went on to start a successful acting career in theatre, television and radio. Notable film and TV roles include Stella in the BAFTA winning Brit flick 'East is East', Miranda in Charlie Higson's 'Swiss Toni' and Mikey in Kay Mellor's 'Playing the Field'. She has also worked with Max Stafford Clark's Out of Joint Company on two tours of 'Rita, Sue and Bob Too / A State Affair'. Recently she has been seen as regular 'Celia' in Sky One's Stella.

Emma returned home to Cumbria in 2005 to start a family and began writing six years ago. Her first piece 'One Last Walk' won two awards at Planet Rabbit's Ovation Awards. She extended this piece to create True which went on to win the Audience Award for Best Play at Manchester's 24.7 theatre festival and an Equity award for Best Production. It was then nominated for a Manchester Theatre Award and had two successful small tours with excellent reviews.

Emma's full CV and Showreel can be found here.