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Lolly
by Amanda Verlaque

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Meet Ursula.

She’s made it. A nice house filled with gorgeous furniture and a merc in the driveway. She doesn’t mind throwing her sister Jacinta a few quid here and there, what with her having five kids and a good-for-nothing husband to deal with.

But when Ursula falls on hard times, will she have to swallow her pride and break her promises?

The first of eight 10 minute plays, in the brand new audio play series, On The Street Where We Live.

Written by Amanda Verlaque
Ursula voiced by Mary Lindsay
Jacinta voiced by Roisin Gallagher

Age Guidance: 16+

You can’t come to our place, so we’ll come to yours.
On The Street Where We Live explores love, tragedy and redemption; hope, compassion and forgiveness. It’s funny and upbeat; tragic and heart-wrenching. It’s about real people leading unreal lives. It’s about the times we’re living through. It’s about the streets we’re living on.

Meet the Creative Team

Written by Amanda Verlaque

Amanda’s career in the creative industries began as an arts and entertainment journalist. Since then, she has more than 20 years’ award-winning experience in TV drama as a script editor, storyliner and producer before turning her attention to writing. She has showcased plays at Belfast’s Outburst Queer Arts Festival, including This Shit Happens All the Time, her response to homophobic hate crime. Amanda has been published in flash fiction and short story anthologies and she is developing work with the MAC where she is a Hatch artist. Her play Distortion was showcased by Prime Cut Productions in Belfast and in Dublin by The New Theatre. Amanda is the showrunner for On The Street Where We Live and her play Lolly features in the series.

Ursula voiced by Mary Lindsay

Mary Lindsay is a professional actor and director based in Belfast. She has extensive and varied experience in film and theatre with recent acting credits including Ordinary Love (starring Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson) written by Owen McCafferty and directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn for Canderblinks Film, My Left Nut for BBC Three written by Michael Patrick and Oisin Kearney, directed by Paul Gay for Rollem Productions, and BAFTA 2014 nominated film Good Vibrations (Canderblinks/Revolution Films). Since March 2020 Mary has focused her time on training and development through undertaking courses at HB Studio in New York with Carol Rosenfeld focusing on Uta Hagen’s acting process.

Mary has been very lucky to work with Shannon Yee and Queens University Renal Arts Group to develop a play by William Johnston – The Starman, The Superhero and The Wizards, perform a monologue by Holly Anna Furey called What `Would Medusa Do?’, directed by Nuala Donnelly for No Touching Theatre Festival, and be part of a workshop for the Abbey Theatre Engine Room to develop Bloodlines by Vittoria Cafolla, directed by Rhiann Jeffrey.

Other credits include: Wireless Mystery Theatre’s production of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter, After The Bell Jar (Green Room Productions) and Doris in Same Time Next Year by Bernard Slade directed by Moninne Dargan for Belfast Film Festival.

Mary was Hatch artist at the MAC, Belfast (with Paradosso Theatre) in 2017-8 and is represented by Premier Artists Agency NI.

Jacinta voiced by Roisin Gallagher

Roisin Gallagher is from Belfast and trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She is currently performing as Marylin Monroe in The Broads - an outdoor socially distanced play performed for those in our community most isolated and vulnerable at this time.

Previous MAC theatre productions include playing Beverly in their critically acclaimed 2018 production of Abigail’s Party.

Lyric theatre credits include; Bah Humbug, Smiley, Little Red, Pentecost, Demented, Weddins, Weeins’ and Wakes, White star of the North, Dockers and Be My Baby.

Other theatre credits include: The Man Who Fell to Pieces, Lally the Scut and Sleep, Eat, Party (Tinderbox Theatre Company); The Real Housewives of Norn Iron (Red Brick Road Productions); The Holy Holy Bus (Brassneck Theatre Company); Belfast by Moonlight (Kabosh Theatre Company); Playhouse Creatures (Bruiser Theatre Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Lyceum Theatre); The Haunting of Helena Blunden (Big Telly Theatre); The Wicked Lady (New Vic Theatre); The Bloody Chamber (Northern Stage).

As a theatre maker Roisin created her first play Natural Disaster which premiered at the MAC.

TV credits include: Doing Money (RTE, BBC); Come Home (BBC); Paula (ITV); The Fall (BBC); Doctors (BBC).

Radio credits include: The Last Resort, Flowers in Water (BBC Radio 4); The Long and Short Of It, The Not Mums, The Egg, Love Letters from the Front (BBC Radio Ulster); Translations (BBC Radio 4); Ulster Volunteers (RTE).

Film credits include: Mandrake (Darkley films/ screen NI); Nowhere Special (Picomedia, digital cube, Furimages); Made in Belfast (KGB Productions); To Loose Control (Scattered Images); Eyeline (Marine Media).

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