Suzanne Lakes, Sean Ronan
Sweet Dreams Mr. Heroin is a powerful moving drama which portrays a day in the life of Paula Richards, a woman who has turned to prostitution in order to feed her drug addiction. It is the day of her daughter Becky’s First Holy Communion. Is the love she feels for her daughter enough incentive to turn her life around? Or will the harsh reality of her tragic circumstances destroy any chance of a relationship with her daughter forever?
Mr. Heroin is a powerful short play and was commissioned by the Drug Awareness Board in Dublin. This play shows the huge impact drug abuse has on a father whose son Joey is a drug addict and living on the streets. The play also shows how drug abuse affects the parents of a drug addict which is not usually highlighted in this tragic drug culture of our country today.
About Suzanne Lakes
Suzanne Lakes worked as an actress with ‘Sense Theatre’ from 2002-03. In 2005 she set up ‘Bang out of Order’ theatre company and she wrote, produced and performed in six of her own plays at The Project Arts Centre, Smock Alley Theatre and The Gay Theatre Festival until 2009. She has been working with ‘Out of the Blue’ Theatre Company for the past year. Other roles include Maureen Folan in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Paula Richards in Sweet Dreams Mr. Heroin, Mary Byrne in The Tinker’s Wedding, Maggie May in Portia Coughlan, Dinah Raftery in On Raftery’s hill Widow Quin in Playboy of the Western World and Selina in The Tenants. Suzanne performed a one woman show and then there was me which toured Dublin from 2004 – 05. She also toured with many theatre in education projects and performed pieces from Ulysses for twelve years running with The James Joyce Centre. Her TV credits include Fair City and The Clinic. Suzanne has taken part in many film shorts and made her first feature film in July last year with Juxtaposition productions. She is a 3rd Dan black belt in the art of Shotokan Karate and a fully qualified self defense instructor. Suzanne is currently in production with the film Sweet dreams Mr. Heroin which will hopefully be released by the summer 2012. You can find out more by logging on to www.suzannelakes.com
About Sean Ronan
Sean Ronan has been working as a writer, actor and director since 1997. Sean founded ‘Out of The Blue’ Theatre Company with his partner Bernie Kelly back in 1997. Since, Sean has written, produced and directed 13 short plays. He has had leading roles in Juno and The Paycock, The Plough and the Stars and Playboy of the Western World. He has also directed Heno Mc Gee’s Hatchet and Gerard Ronan powerful play Crack’n Up at the main Civic theatre Tallaght. He received great acclaim for his role in Abused Together at the Tivoli Theatre in 2009 directed by Graham Watts. In March of last year he directed Martin Mc Donagh’s Beauty Queen of Leenane at Tallaght Theatre which ran for ten performances. Sean feels that his latest production Sweet Dreams Mr. Heroin is his strongest to date.