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Rosie is back! - Actress returns to stage today

Published:Saturday | April 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small/Gleaner Writer
Rosie Murray

Under potentially tragic circumstances, Rosie Murray successfully galvanised the local theatre industry to rally behind her in what may have been her darkest days.

Last December, the renowned actress suffered a serious heart attack requiring surgery. Today, the media professional will return to the stage in full-form, with a little more on the side.

Rosie's first production Slice of Life - is a theatrical presentation of reality, and the actress' own personal experiences. Directed by Owen 'Blakka' Ellis, the production will mark her return as a benefit show at Hope United church hall at 7 pm.

"I'm so excited to be getting back on the horse. Been out of commission since last year, and this is my first performance in terms of acting since I've gone through my recovery," Murray told The Gleaner.

Two years ago, Murray opted out of continuing her career in media, choosing instead the life of a baker. Consumed with taking her business to profit while focusing on penning her own works, Rosie's medical issues went unnoticed. After suffering a heart attack in December, her family set up a GoFundMe account to the tune of US$20,000 (approximately J$1.4 million) to finance a necessary angioplasty.

"I'm really excited, titillated! And I did a little adaptation to it, to address the recent journey and the recovery phase. It's still the original Slice of Life with just a little extra slice. God has been so good, so it's going to be a celebration as well," Murray said.

Murray was previously active on the theatre scene, appearing in local and international plays such as Saving Grace, and an Actor Boy-nominated performance in Tek Yuh Hand Offa Me.

"I do thank all of the organisers for making good with the plan. This has been in the making for a while, so I give thanks for that. I'm looking forward to the performance too, and meeting all the old friends who will come and the brand new friends that I'll make tonight. Make it a date, nuh?"