Creating interesting, challenging work for female actresses in their 50s and 60s


Lucy Hornak
Lucy Hornak

The one-act play is followed by questions and answers with actors and authors.

The False Self is played by Paula Tinker (Crazy For You, 84 Charing Cross Road), Nicola Dewdney (Holby City, Judge John Deed, Crazy For You), Deborah McMahon (Three Musketeers, Peter Pan, Blithe Spirit) and Lucy Hornak ( Never say never again, the BBC’s gritty house, four weddings and a funeral).

Written by Lucy and Deborah under the slogan “Four Women who have it all …. but is it all?” It will be presented on Sunday, November 21st at 3:00 pm at the New Park Community Center Chichester. Presale tickets £ 5: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/hornak-mcmahon

Lucy said, “I started writing it about five years ago. I was an actress. I did a lot of television and film in my 20s and I gave up when I was about 30 and had a family and then I trained to be a psychotherapist and that’s what the play is about, why I called it The False Self . about trying to find out who you are.

“I got back into acting. I have an agent and have done a lot of auditions. I started acting when I was 18 and did a lot of modeling and doing a lot of commercials and I just loved acting. I wasn’t involved in acting for about 15 or 16 years and I went back to it about five years ago and it was really, really interesting. I got my first professional job since returning and recently worked for Channel 4. I’ve done a lot of little things, but trying to come back has been hard.

“And that’s what this piece is about, women in their 50s and 60s, what happens in their lives when their kids are gone.

“It’s about trying to find something that suits you. And I don’t think there are many good roles for women my age, women in their 50s and 60s.

“I think it’s an imbalance. There is more for men.

“There’s a campaign called Acting Your Age, a lot of women say there just aren’t enough roles for women their age, women who are just fed up with the lack of opportunity.

“I’ve always loved to be creative and do my own things instead of just waiting for my agent, and that’s what this is about.

“It’s about a coffee morning. There are four rich friends who went to boarding school together.

“You haven’t seen each other since Covid. They kept in touch, but now they’re meeting properly for the first time.

“It’s going on for an hour and fifteen minutes and something big is happening, but I’m not going to say what because I don’t want to ruin it!

“But something comes out. The women spend their lives bragging about their husbands and their wealth, but there is a character named Bibi who is much more down to earth.

“Bibi took a counseling course and is married to a teacher. She did not marry a very rich husband. She looks at her friends and sees that they are so bragging about their husbands and their lives, and she is fed up with it. And she starts a therapy session at the table …

“I just want to see this piece and get the feedback from the audience to see if it works and what they think of it.

“It’s the first time we’ve done it in front of a live audience and it’s better if they are honest than not, but I hope they will enjoy it.

“We want people to ask questions and be relaxed about them and say what they think.

“I would love if a producer comes down and looks at it and wants to put it on.

“I really enjoyed writing it and I just want to see something happen with it. I would be happy to have it picked up. “


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