Mum's the word Fair City's Amilia Stewart-Keating feared she would never work again
FAIR City star Amilia Stewart Keating feared she would never work again when the Covid 19 pandemic wiped out her calendar of paid gigs.
The talented actor took maternity leave from the popular soap in May when she gave birth to her first baby, son Reggie.
However, she told the Sunday World that when the coronavirus hit, all her work dried up, and she feared she might never work on screen or stage again.
“With the pandemic I thought I might never work again,” she said.
“The way the industry is, you just can’t plan right now.
“It is really hard anyway, without the pandemic, and you have a lot of waiting around trying to land parts.
“But with the global pandemic I wondered if I would ever act again.
“Jobs were getting cancelled left and right so I didn’t think I would get back to work."
Amilia has spent the last six months adjusting to motherhood and said that the hardest part was accepting that many of Reggie’s major events had to be cancelled.
His christening had to take place in a closed environment with a reduced capacity and she hasn’t had a chance to show him off to her friends or the cast of Fair City.
But she says living next door to her mum has made the whole transition to motherhood bearable in the current health crisis.
“I don’t know if it is hard because I don’t know any different,” she said.
“I am blessed because I live in a little flat beside my mam.
“I have had my mam the whole time and that wasn't robbed from me thank God.
“I haven't been able to show him off and a lot of my friends haven't met him and he is six months now.
“But in general, I am doing ok.
“It is odd because I don’t know any different.”
While Amilia says she is enjoying the pace of life at home with Reggie and her husband Conall, she is about to throw it all up in the air and run away to the panto.
Despite Covid 19, the Helix Theatre announced that it would be streaming a live pantomime this year.
Thanks to some technical wizardry the entire family will be able to enjoy the annual festivities from the comfort of your own home!
Tickets for The Sword In The Stone are available online and Amilia is playing the lead role.
The hectic schedule will include two shows a day in the run up to Christmas, and she admits that she is far from match fit.
“I think panto is mad,” she said.
“You have to have special stamina for panto.
“You have to keep going and the commitment you have to give is just impressive.
"I am so glad I am doing it and it is going to be a crazy two weeks rehearsals and I have to be honest I am not match fit.
“And yes, Fair City is intense but a lot of the time you are in your dressing room preparing for scenes whereas this will be full on all the time.
“But just to be back working on a project that will bring so much joy to people, that will make all the aches and pains worth it.”
Tickets cost EUR20 per family and are available at www.thehelix.ie.
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