Thursday 22 February 2018

The Weekly Read: Lisa Lambe on 'Breaking Dad', Celtic Woman and her new album

Lisa Lambe, who plays Sorcha in the hit Ross O'Carroll Kelly stage shows, speaks to Ryan Nugent about the return of 'Breaking Dad', her time in Celtic Woman and her newly launched acoustic album 'Hiding Away'

Lisa Lambe
Lisa Lambe

Ryan Nugent

As she gears up for the re-release of Paul Howard’s latest on-stage instalment of Ross O’Carroll Kelly, ‘Breaking Dad’, Lisa Lambe admits that she would jump at the chance of sitcom based around the fictional Dublin 4 character.

Having written 16 novels and three plays, being linked with the small screen is inevitable for Howard and Lambe, who plays Ross’s wife Sorcha, is sure that the show could be an on-screen success.

“I would love to be involved in a TV show, if it were to happen. I’m sure the whole cast from ‘Breaking Dad’ would,” says Lambe.

The stage-actor, who was also involved in the previous play 'Between Foxrock and a Hard Place', is delighted to have the opportunity to take to the stage as Sorcha again, although is worried at what the character would make of her native roots.

“I’m a Northsider,” Lambe confesses. “My parents are from Fairview, and I grew up in Clontarf, so I’m not sure if Sorcha would approve. I hope she doesn’t mind.”

In the previous plays, Sorcha is portrayed as a desperate housewife, worried about what her husband has been up to and who he has been sleeping with but it’s a lot different this time around, insists Lambe, with Sorcha setting the wheels in motion to become the next female president of Ireland.

“For once, Sorcha has no time for her marriage and she’s totally career driven, so she’s a lot different to other plays, where she was previously worried about Ross (played by Rory Nolan) being with this girl and that girl, whereas now she feels like the Hilary Clinton or Mary Robinson of her time,” says Lambe.

“It’s great fun to play, because it’s the complete opposite of how I am in real life, and in this play in particular, people who know Sorcha well, will see a different woman. Sorcha has her eyes set on the president’s role and she’s also a human rights lawyer, so she’s all high shoes and power suits, it’s brilliant.”

With the play set in the future, and Ross and Sorcha in their mid-forties, the couple’s 18-year-old daughter brings home a boyfriend from Wesley, and Ross gets a taste of his own medicine, according to Lambe.

“Their daughter brings home a boy, and Ross cannot stand him, because they’re exactly alike. Ross sees himself in him and can’t handle it,” says Lambe.

Rehearsal time is up as they returned to the stage in Cork’s Opera House on Monday where they will perform for a week before a February 16 return to the Gaiety Theatre for a two week stint. However, that’s not the only thing that’s keeping Lambe occupied.

After three years in the immensely successful group Celtic Woman, Lambe launched her first solo album ‘Hiding Away’ in the Sugar Club recently and admits it was strange working on her own.

“It was different doing a solo album, but it’s something I always wanted to do.

"Although, I thought that I would do it over here in Ireland, around people that I knew and worked with, so I kind of surprised myself, when I went to record it in Nashville. I ended up working with the most amazing people. People who had won loads of Grammy awards.

"It was an incredible 10 days,” says Lambe.

The former Celtic Woman singer is set for a solo tour in March with Whelan’s the first port of call on March 4 and, with it being a totally acoustic album, she feels intimate settings such as the Wexford Street venue are best suited to her style.

“It’s a very intimate album, so it suits an intimate setting. I can’t wait to do Whelan’s, it’s a place I’ve grown up with, seeing so many great Irish artists perform there in the past, the likes of Mary Coughlan. It’s just great to be able to tell my family that I’m playing there because they all know it so well,” explains Lambe.

The affection held by the likes of Lambe and Ed Sheeran for Whelans in recent weeks indicates there's certainly something very special about the venue, given the worldwide the other worldwide stages both have performed on.

"I played Radio City and it was amazing and Red Rocks in Colorado, where U2 made Under the Blood Red Sky.

"It's a natural amphitheatre, really, really high up and we had some oxygen beside the stage in case we (Celtic Woman) got light headed," which happened to each member at one stage, admits Lambe.

The singer also launched her new video ‘Heaven’ from the new album, and has dedicated it to the charity ALONE, which cares for the older community, with all proceeds from sales on iTunes going to the organisation.

You can take a look at that video right here:

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