Set in a London and Edinburgh What Colour was her Blood? focuses on the strained reunion of Jackie and Siobhan. It’s over 20 years since Jackie walked out on her daughter and there are so many questions to be answered. What dream life did Jackie leave the family for? What has she done since? Why did she agree to meet? Siobhan, now a successful self-assured investigative journalist has lots of questions that need answering but her interrogation hides her own motives.
What Colour Was Her Blood? explores the strength of family ties, unconditional love in the face of betrayal and what it might take to make up for lost time.
Up and coming writer and actor Grace O’Leary has worked with the likes of Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper in Doctor Who, Eric Cantona and Ken Loach in Looking for Eric and Eva Pope and Jason Merrell in Waterloo Road.
Grace has now left those supporting artist roles behind and is set to debut the first full length production of her hit show What Colour Was Her Blood? at the Continental on Thursday 14th October at 8pm. Originally performed as a 30 minute two hander at Manchester’s Not Part Of festival last July the show won the Forever Manchester Award and was also shortlisted by North West Playwrights for Best Original New Play.
Speaking ahead of the performance at the Continental Grace said; ‘I was completely bowled over by the success of the show and I’m delighted to get the chance to explore these characters further. The original show was left on a knife edge and audiences in Preston will get to find out if blood really is thicker than water!’
Grace has completed a Theatre Performance Course in CSN, Cork and subsequently studied drama at University of Glamorgan and following a year of travel moved to Manchester and re-ignited her passion for acting. Grace spent time at Emma Stafford Casting in Manchester and at Kate Marlow classes in the acting studio in Manchester. There she met established actress Julie Parton and together they decided to showcase Grace’s play at the Not Part Of – Manchester’s most inclusive and edgy arts festival. The subsequent success of the show spurred Grace on to develop the story rising the tensions between mother and daughter to breaking point.
What Colour Was Her Blood is showing at the Continental Pub tomorrow, Thursday 14th October and we have two pairs of tickets to give away to Blog Preston Readers! The first two readers to email me at joseph(at)blogpreston.co.uk with “What Colour Was Her Blood Tickets” in the subject header will win the prize, so be quick!