Pricks hoping for a Northern Stage sell-out

After a successful first half of the tour, Darlington actress, Jade Byrne, 33, is hoping to sell-out Northern Stage in Newcastle, where she appears on May 21.

Having already taken in the delights of Cheltenham, Leeds, two home shows in Darlington, Halifax and most recently, the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, Pricks has warmed hearts of many up-and-down the country over the past six weeks.

Making her acting bow in London playwright, John Retallack’s adaptation of Teesside author, Richard Milward’s ‘Apples’ back in 2010, Jade opened up about her experiences nine years ago saying: “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 is the wooden boards of theatre that Jade has made very much her home-from-home in recent years.

Northern Stage continues to excite the local actress; always thankful for the opportunity, knowledge, and everything else in-between which those early years have afforded her.

“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,” continued Jade.

“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).”

With trips to Exeter (May 16) and Hemel Hempstead (May 18), then Harrogate (May 22), Derby (May 24), Doncaster (May 28) and Ipswich (June 4) either side of her appearing at Northern Stage, tickets for the Tyneside show can be purchased from https://www.northernstage.co.uk/Event/pricks

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