New mum Claire tells of dating disasters

Claire Sweeney.
Claire Sweeney.

Claire Sweeney was about to go on tour with her new show when she discovered she was pregnant.

The Liverpool actress says having her baby son Jaxon is the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

And she’s been so inspired by motherhood, she’s even written her experiences into the show, which comes to the Lancaster Grand next Thursday (April 2).

‘Sex in Suburbia’ is all about dating disasters - the eternal subject of love and romance.

“The idea came from all the appallingly bad dates my friends and I have ever experienced,” said Claire, 43.

“We’d tell each other what had happened and get over the horror of the experiences by laughing about them.

“Then, about two years ago, my close friend Mandy Muden and I started writing them all down in my front room with the notion of turning them into a comedy. At first we weren’t even sure if we were funny! But the play went down a storm with the audiences last year when it first opened in Liverpool.”

Claire, famed for playing Lindsey Corkhill in the Channel 4 soap Brookside, plays herself - a working mum with a baby. “Jaxon, who was 
born in September, has changed my outlook on life around.

“As a result, I’ve injected my own personal experiences of motherhood into the show.”

The new show includes big musical anthems such as I’m Every Woman, I Want To Break Free and, of course, I Will Survive. But Claire says it will also appeal to men.

The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £20, available by calling 01524 64695 or visit the Grand Theatre box office during opening hours.