An actress from Darlington is hoping for a sell-out show at the Northern Stage in Newcastle, the venue where her acting career first began.
Jade Byrne is currently on tour with “Pricks” – a one-woman show which sees the 33-year-old tell a warm, engaging and uplifting story with poetry, original soundscape about families and learning to care for others better.
The tour has already entertained audiences up-and-down the country, with shows in Cheltenham, Leeds and her hometown of Darlington, although the venue of her upcoming show, Northern Stage in Newcastle, holds a special place in her heart.
She explained: “I feel like Northern Stage is where my acting career was born; it was the first professional job I had and it was a big tour.
“Although it’s where I began, it was also a big stumbling block for me as well as I was totally spoilt.
“I turned up to a theatre after the get-in, arrived in a dressing room that already had my freshly washed and ironed costumes in, and I even had someone to help me get changed in the wings, so it gave me a very false sense of what reality is (in the industry).”
Having made on-screen appearances in the likes of “Inspector George Gently”, “Mount Pleasant” and “Casualty”, it’s the wooden boards of theatre that Jade has made her home-from-home in recent years.
Jade Byrne continued: “Don’t get me wrong, I’d work for them (Northern Stage) at the drop of a hat, I’d work for anyone like that at the drop of a hat, but I don’t think you can truly appreciate all the work that goes into a theatre piece until you’ve made one from scratch yourself.
“Because of my experience with Northern Stage, I expected too much, but the Open Clasp Theatre Company helped to bring me down a peg or two, as we had to do the get-ins ourselves, and we performed in lots of non-theatre venues, but still our costumes were always cleaned for us (from what I recall).”
Source: Press Release