Award-winning Waterford actor, Lorraine Murphy returns to radio drama for this year’s Imagine Arts Festival in the featured role of Stella, in Noel Kelly’s new radio drama, ‘Jetty Stars’. Her acclaimed performance as Maura in the IMRO award winning radio play, ‘Terms and Conditions’ by the same author, won the Bronze award for Irish Radio drama at the annual IMRO Radio Awards last October. This year she returns in the challenging and demanding role of Stella, a former prostitute, just released from prison having served a seventeen year sentence for the brutal murder of her lover and pimp, Saleem , a North African seaman.
Set on the deserted docks and wharves of the Waterford Quayside, she recreates the thriving city-centre docks and seaport of the 1980’s , now awaiting a much-anticipated North Wharf investment and development.
Creating the role of Stella, the returning ‘Jetty Star’,( a local name for women who plied their trade on the city centre docks), has provided Lorraine with a real challenge for her acting and characterisation talents. In a play that has been described as ‘Gritty’, ‘Edgy’ ‘a Waterford we don’t want to talk about’, she gives a ‘Stellar’ performance in the title role.
JETTY STARS a play for radio, written and produced by Noel Kelly. Sound by Paul Grant. Executive Producer, Michael Grant. Funded by the BAI with the Television Licence Fee. Broadcast as part of Waterford Imagine Arts Festival on WLR Sunday October 21 at 7.00pm.