She may have left a trail of destruction in her wake, but Fair City’s Lucy exited the show last week in dramatic style. For Newtownforbes native Lorna Quinn, who played the character of Lucy, her stint in Carrigstown marks yet another chapter in her exciting career.
Lucy’s storyline - which has been running for the best part of a year - kept viewers enthralled as they waited in anticipation of her next move in her bid to take utter control of Dolores (Martina Stanley).
“It was always evident that something had happened in Lucy’s past and in the final episode, it emerged that she had killed her mother,” the former pupil of Newtownforbes NS and Convent of Mercy, Longford, told the Leader. “Lucy was an only child and after the death of her mother, she was alone in the world and decided to make a new life for herself in Carrigstown. There she met Dolores and with her agenda, set out to have Dolores become her mother. Pete (Enda Oates) got in the way of that bond and so she attempted to get rid of him. In the end, it became clear that Lucy was a very damaged woman who needed professional help and was someone who never had any interest in Wayne (Victor Burke).”
For Lorna, who is 28, , the opportunity to play the character of Lucy was an “exciting and challenging” one, however with so many aspects to the character’s personality and her complex nature, how did the young local actress prepare herself for the role?
“I felt that I had a responsibility to portray the character realistically and to try and understand things from her point of view,” she added. “I did not judge Lucy, but allowed other people to judge her erratic behaviour; she had an agenda and whatever it took to get what she wanted, she did it. I had to be that way, because otherwise I would have distanced myself from the character. The story editors were also brilliant, because they kept me informed all the time about the character and whenever I had concerns or difficulties, I was able to discuss matters with them. So, I always felt equipped to play the role and really I relished the scenes, because there was so much emotion and drama involved. You never knew what was coming next from her and I had to be ready for every eventuality that happened.”
ForLorna , who studied Drama & Theatre Studies at UCC followed by two years at the Gaiety School of Acting, landing the role on Fair City was “a dream come true”.
“As an actor I love acting, whether it be on stage or in front of the camera,” she explained, adding that it was important to her, to continue in the sphere, regardless of whether it was stage or TV that came her way.
“Acting was something that I fell into; I was very involved with the Backstage Youth Group; I loved performing and relished in the excitement that it brought with it, and I felt comfortable on stage. I was also involved with the UCC Drama Society and was in some fantastic plays with great characters.”
And now with Lucy form Fair City well and truly out of the ‘hair’ of the residents of Carrigstown, where next for Lorna Quinn?
“I will be playing the part of Kate in Bedroom Farce, a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn at the Gate Theatre. That is next in the pipeline, and I am really looking forward to that because Lucy was so complex, whereas this play is a comedy and is a little on the lighter side. It was a massive privilege to work on Fair City and with Enda Oates; Martina Stanley and Victor Burke. It was great to be involved in a storyline that had such an impact on the audience and to be able to gain an understanding and empathy towards Lucy and where she was coming from. While that does not excuse her behaviour and the hurt she caused, it helped me to become a more empathic and understanding person.”