AN actress is proving she’s a triple talent after writing a play, then producing and starring in it.
Rachael Walsh is staging her original show, The Morning After, next month.
The play follows Ashley and Ben, who wake up after a drunken night in Ben’s bed, with no memory of how they got there.
After Ben reveals his girlfriend, Anna is coming over to meet his parents for the first time, the pair try to navigate their way out of the tricky situation they’ve found themselves in, with the help of Ben’s hapless brother Charlie.
The play, which flashes back and forth from the night before and the morning after, is at the Westovian Theatre in Pier Parade, South Shields, from Friday, February 27 to Saturday, February 28.
Rachael, 25, from East Boldon, who stars as Ashley, said: “I usually really struggle to finish plays that I’m writing but this time, I had the beginning and the end straight away and I just had to fill in the gaps in the middle.
“I love comedies and farces and I really wanted to write a modern farce where the two protagonists are working together to get out of the trouble they’re in rather than one against the other.
“The play has been finished for a while now and I’m feeling really good about it but obviously it’s a massive commitment to put it on myself.”
Rachael, who is staging the play through her company Generic Girl Productions, said: “It’s absolutely terrifying putting it on myself but I had to just take the plunge and do it. If I didn’t do things because they scared me, then I’d never do anything.
“When people hear that I’m in it too they all say, ‘oh, you’ve cast yourself, have you?’ but I wrote the part for me, so obviously I’m not going to give it to someone else.
“It’s really good for me because it was written in my voice, but when we get to rehearsals, I can’t wait to see how everyone else interprets it.”
She added: “It’s a light-hearted comedy but there are also a lot of poignant moments in there, and I really like the relationships between everyone.
“I’m really looking forward to putting it on and just hope that lots of people come along to see it. The hard work will all go to waste if no one shows up.
“I really have got a dream cast here and I can’t wait to share the play with everyone. If it’s a success I’d love to put it on again at another theatre or bring it back for a longer run.
“I’ve had a lot of help from my friends to put everything together and they’ve all been brilliant. Peter Dawson shot and edited the promotional video, Kevin Ho did the photos, Adam Ramsey has designed the posters and Jim Barton is directing.
“I couldn’t have done it without their help or the cast’s either and I’m just really grateful that they all wanted to be involved.”
The Morning After runs on Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28.
Tickets for the 7.30pm shows cost £10, plus a booking fee. To book, go to genericgirlproductions.ticketsource.co.uk