Saturday 25 November 2017

Sile Seoige: 'I was nervous when the Quinns came to see I, Keano last week'


I, Keano
I, Keano
Sile Seoige

I play Surfia in the musical I, Keano and I have to say, I'm absolutely loving it.

It's a very funny show and I still find myself at the side of the stage roaring laughing - it doesn't get old.

Last Friday night, the man himself Roy Keane (inset below) came to the show with Martin O'Neill and the entire Irish squad, which was amazing. It was a full house and there was magic in the air because they were there and it definitely kept us on our toes.

Then on Saturday night, Niall and Gillian Quinn - who my character is based on - came to see the show and I have to say, I was a little nervous because they hadn't seen it before.

After the performance I was so excited to see my parents, my sister and my aunt and I bumped into Niall and Gillian and they loved it.

They were roaring laughing and said it was brilliant and that they thought it was so funny.

Gillian was so complimentary and she really got the character as well. They have a great sense of humour and they were very sweet about it which was wonderful.

The crowds have been amazing each night and their reactions really make it for me - it's been so much fun.


It's tough having to choose the singers on Busker Abu

I'm super busy at the moment but I love it. While I'm on stage with I, Keano I'm also filming Busker Abu on TG4.

We're trying to find the best busker in Ireland and I'm a judge on the show - the acts are just incredible.

The talent is so good that the singers in the semi-final could win another show of its kind outright.

It's so hard to whittle them down because the judges have to choose which acts go through.

It doesn't come down to the public vote which makes it a lot harder for us.

The other judges are Aindrias De Staic, who is a world-famous busker, and Fiachna O Braonain of the Hothouse Flowers and we have great craic together.

The show airs on Sundays at 8.30pm and how it works is that the singers have to impress us but if they fail, the lights will come down on their performance.

To stay in the competition and the battle for the title of Ireland's Top Busker, they need to give a great performance and show us what they can do so that they can survive the 90-second test.


I'm kept busy with my charity work and moving

I'm also moving house as well as being busy at work so it's all a bit manic at the moment.

I feel like I'm surrounded by boxes but that's the joy of it.

I'm also an ambassador for the Make A Wish foundation and they have their National Fundraising Wish Band Day on Thursday, April 16, which I will be supporting.

Brilliant volunteers all across the country will take to the streets and shopping centres to sell special wrist bands for €2 each and all the funds will be going to the incredible charity.

I also launched GloHealth's new campaign with Aidan Power (pictured) to encourage people to get health insurance before the end of the month.

I was sick a number of years ago and that's when it kicked in for me so now I view it as being a vital expense - even if there are some months when I wish it wasn't coming out of my bank account.

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