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What would Nidge say? Aoibhinn reveals stage 'afro'

Being a stage and screen star may be glamorous, but Aoibhinn McGinnity's hair was far from the luscious locks she sported as a gangster's moll when she took off her wig after appearing in Elf on Friday night.

Aoibhinn (28) is known for playing Trish in gangland drama Love/Hate, but she is currently playing Jovie in Elf: The Musical at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

The role requires her to wear a curly wig and she posted the tongue-in-cheek selfie of her larger than life hair and her on-stage make up to her Instagram account saying "Post-wig fro".

Aoibhinn, who studied musical theatre in London, has remained tight-lipped about whether Love/Hate will return to TV screens in the future.

"I don't know if it is coming back, and I don't know when I will know if it's coming back or not," she said.

The Monaghan native will star in the festive musical until January 10 and admitted she may go to the US to audition for TV roles once pilot season starts in the new year.

"It would depend on the work. I really don't know, I really don't know what I'm going to do next," she told the Herald.

She also revealed she's been busy auditioning since the end of Love/Hate. "I've being doing a lot of tapes - everything's gone into tape land so I've been doing loads of them," she said.

Producer of the show Michael Rose said that several industry heavy-weights are flying into Dublin to see the show as it will be heading to the West End in 2015.

"The writers are coming from New York to see the show on Friday because it is transferring to the West End next year," he revealed.

"It will be carrying the Bord Gais Energy Theatre's name with it because it started here so this will be the first co-production between myself, a Broadway musical and the theatre here in Dublin that will be transferring into the West End and that's really special."

Aoibhinn's co-star, Ben Forster, is a huge musical theatre star and he admits Ireland has the best audiences.

"When you go somewhere that has heart and personality, people can let you know how they're feeling. Last night was just lovely, the audience was amazing," he said.

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