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Fringe artist scoops gong

PUBLISHED: 13:12 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:11 25 August 2010

DRAMA: Alice de Souse with her award.

DRAMA: Alice de Souse with her award.

A THEATRE company director has been honoured with a prestigious award at an international ceremony in Portugal, writes Jenny McLarney.

A THEATRE company director has been honoured with a prestigious award at an international ceremony in Portugal, writes Jenny McLarney.

Alice de Sousa, artistic director of Greenwich Playhouse and Galleon Theatre Company, was presented with the coveted award 'Prémio de Talento' last Friday at a ceremony in Lisbon.

Ms De Sousa was one of three picked from hundreds of Portuguese immigrants and their descendents living throughout the world, for the category of Performing Arts.

Her work as an actress, writer and producer placed her above the two other finalists, British Olivier Award-winning actress, Sofia Alexandra Ferreira Silva, and French theatre and film actor, Emmanuel Demárcy-Mota. The Greenwich-based director, who sees herself "as British as British could be", said the recognition was "overwhelming".

She added: "You sometimes feel like you've won a marathon, you're just so emotionally charged."

Of the Gala night in the restored Convento do Beato in Lisbon, she said: "It was a beautiful ceremony like the BAFTAs, full of celebs and people from all industries.

"It was just very moving to hear your name."

Hundreds attended the ceremony that was organized by the Portuguese Foreign Office and televised live to the entire Portuguese-speaking world.

This is the latest award for Ms De Sousa, who won another award in March for her adaptations of Portuguese literary works by the only UK-based Portuguese language newspaper, Jornal as Notícias.

She is currently working on a feature film of The Duchess of Malfi as well as staging The Importance of Being Earnest at Greenwich Playhouse.

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