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Thursday 8 December 2016

Linda Nolan in the mood for dancing once more after heartache of losing her husband

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Mary Byrne, Sue Collins, Niamh Kavanagh and Linda Nolan, marking the first day of rehearsals for Menopause the Musical
Mary Byrne, Sue Collins, Niamh Kavanagh and Linda Nolan, marking the first day of rehearsals for Menopause the Musical

Having battled breast cancer and lost her husband of 26 years, Linda Nolan is looking forward to a new chapter as she hits the road with feelgood show Menopause: The Musical.

"This is the first solo show I've done since 2007. My husband Brian passed away then and I went through a really tough time," she told the Herald.

"I did The Nolans reunion tour in 2009 and I could do that because I had the support of my sisters."

The first day of rehearsals coincided with the anniversary of Brian's death and that inspired Linda to take on the role.

"My sister Maureen is hysterical, she went, 'oh that's a sign that you have to take this tour and she said it'll be alright because you'll have three Irish women with you'," Linda said.

"So for me this is a really big adventure because I really missed showbiz.

"It's a new chapter for me and I can't wait to tour the Irish countryside with Menopause: The Musical," she added.

Nolan joked that it is the first time she has relied on 'method acting' for a part.

The singer will share the stage with Mary Byrne, Niamh Kavanagh and Sue Collins.

X Factor star Mary admitted she was nervous combining her singing and acting talents for a popular musical.

"Acting is always something I wanted to do but I don't even know if I can act," she said.

"It's always good to challenge yourself because when you get to a certain age you think, 'Is this it now?' For me, taking on The X Factor at 50 was the biggest challenge of my life.

"It turned out to be so worth it, and this is another challenge because it's totally out of the zone I'm used to," she added.

While she's making her acting debut on stage, Mary says the "offers are coming in" and she's in talks to star in a sitcom abroad.

Scare

Meanwhile, Eurovision queen Niamh Kavanagh says she likes to do "three things a year that scare her" and this show is one of them.

"I'm really excited for it, there's going to be a great comedic element to it and I'm really looking forward to working with the girls," she said. "Usually, I'm singing with a band - who are usually all men, so it's nice to be on the road with the girls.

The hilarious musical will come to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on October 13 and 14. For information on venues and ticket prices visit www.menopauseireland.com.

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