Will Lucy finally win at the Arts Centre?

Ballaghaderreen native Julie Sharkey will be on stage at the Arts Centre in Roscommon next Thursday night (June 23rd) at 8 pm in a show called ‘A Game Called Lucy Finally Wins’ which was written and directed by CC Kiely. The Roscommon People caught up with her earlier this week which wasn’t an easy task considering she was in San Francisco!

Julie, tell me about the show…

‘A Game Called Lucy Finally Wins’ is best described as a play within a game show where the stories of Lucy’s life are revealed entirely by chance and audience participation. With a running time of almost one hour it is a mix of stories, musical treats with a smattering of Blankety Blank, Countdown and the Generation Game. The star prize on ‘A Game called Lucy’ is a mostly full box of Roses that our host Lucy will resist giving up to the bitter end.

How does it feel to be on stage in the home place?

It feels great actually. I’m from Ballaghaderreen where I have performed all of my one-woman shows over the years. I still find those performances a little bit disconcerting… when you look out and see all the familiar faces. But the faces looking back are smashing and away we go. Over the years I have gotten to know the amazing staff at Roscommon Arts Centre and like the Roscommon audience they are hugely supportive, particularly of local artists.

When did you first start performing – and where?

In the bay window in my cousin’s sitting room in Granard! As children we would put together little shows and entertain the grown-ups. I trained then at the Gaiety School of Acting. When I graduated, my first professional job was with Graffiti Theatre Company in Cork City with whom I continued to work for two years.

  It is true. I have worked in Fair City playing two different roles at two different times. But that’s soap for you. Storylines change all the time and occasionally you may get lucky enough to play more than one role!

  I’ve just finished ‘The Big Wall’, a show with the Hawkswell in Sligo that brought the audience on a journey through Sligo Courthouse and the old Sligo Jail.     

What can the audience expect on Thursday, June 23rd?

A Game Called Lucy is a pure and simple entertaining show. I’ve been touring this show over the past year to festivals and theatres and the response has been super.

  You can expect to laugh a lot, spend a really easy, fun-filled hour with this character Lucy. If you like your game shows, then you’ll love A Game Called Lucy!