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Sile Seoige: 'I was nervous when Gillian Quinn came to see I, Keano'

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Published 03/04/2015 | 07:51

I, Keano
I, Keano

Sile Seoige reveals she was

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I play Surfia in the musical I, Keano and I have to say, I'm absolutely loving it.

Sile Seoige aka Surfia at rehersals for smash hit comedy I, Keano
Sile Seoige aka Surfia at rehersals for smash hit comedy I, Keano

It's a very funny show and I still find myself at the side of the stage roaring laughing - it doesn't get old.

Last Friday night, the man himself Roy Keane came to the show with Martin O'Neill and the entire Irish squad, which was amazing. It was a full house and there was magic in the air because they were there and it definitely kept us on our toes.

Martin O'Neill arrives for I,Keano at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Martin O'Neill arrives for I,Keano at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
5/3/14 The cast of I, Keano at rehersals for smash hit comedy I, Keano, which returns to the Olympia this March for a limited run from March 25th to April 12th 2015. Picture:Arthur Carron
5/3/14 Dessie Gallagher, aka Macartacus at rehersals for smash hit comedy I, Keano, which returns to the Olympia this March for a limited run from March 25th to April 12th 2015. Picture:Arthur Carron
Robbie Keane arrives for I,Keano at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron.

Then on Saturday night, Niall and Gillian Quinn - who my character is based on - came to see the show and I have to say, I was a little nervous because they hadn't seen it before.

After the performance I was so excited to see my parents, my sister and my aunt and I bumped into Niall and Gillian and they loved it.

Gillian and Niall Quinn, with Sile Seoige
Gillian and Niall Quinn, with Sile Seoige

They were roaring laughing and said it was brilliant and that they thought it was so funny.

Gillian was so complimentary and she really got the character as well. They have a great sense of humour and they were very sweet about it which was wonderful.

Sile Seoige
Sile Seoige

The crowds have been amazing each night and their reactions really make it for me - it's been so much fun.

I'm super busy at the moment but I love it. While I'm on stage with I, Keano I'm also filming Busker Abu on TG4.

We're trying to find the best busker in Ireland and I'm a judge on the show - the acts are just incredible.

The talent is so good that the singers in the semi-final could win another show of its kind outright.

Sisters Grainne and Sile Seoige
Sisters Grainne and Sile Seoige

It's so hard to whittle them down because the judges have to choose which acts go through.

It doesn't come down to the public vote which makes it a lot harder for us.

Sile Seoige
Sile Seoige

The other judges are Aindrias De Staic, who is a world-famous busker, and Fiachna O Braonain of the Hothouse Flowers and we have great craic together.

The show airs on Sundays at 8.30pm and how it works is that the singers have to impress us but if they fail, the lights will come down on their performance.

To stay in the competition and the battle for the title of Ireland's Top Busker, they need to give a great performance and show us what they can do so that they can survive the 90-second test.

I'm also moving house as well as being busy at work so it's all a bit manic at the moment. I feel like I'm surrounded by boxes but that's the joy of it.

I'm also an ambassador for the Make A Wish foundation and they have their National Fundraising Wish Band Day on Thursday April 16 which I will be supporting.

Brilliant volunteers all across the country will take to the streets and shopping centres to sell special wrist bands for €2 each and all the funds will be going to the incredible charity.

I also launched GloHealth's new campaign with Aidan Power to encourage people to get health insurance before the end of the month.

I was sick a number of years ago and that's when it kicked in for me so now I view it as being a vital expense - even if there are some months when I wish it wasn't coming out of my bank account.

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