Big Game Debut for Veronica

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Byline: SANDRA CHAPMAN

IT has taken a long time for single mum Veronica Borgias stage career to take off but at 33 she is now ready to take on the world after years of putting her three children first.

Three weeks ago she was despairing of ever realising her dream to be a theatre actress and about to give up. But her luck changed after saying a few prayers.

And this Saturday sees her stage debut in the new forum theatre production Stevies Big Game in Belfast for Ballynafeign Community Development Association and Partisan Productions, as revealed in the News Letter last week.

Its not her first foray into acting however Veronica, whose multicultural background makes her perfect for the role in the play based on people living in a mixed community in the Province, has done some television work and was the girlfriend in the BBCs promotional film for the election filmed at Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. She has tried her hand too at directing and is the director behind tonights short documentary on UTV Why Bahai?

She also has a fine singing voice and, as if her life isnt busy enough, she is training to be a reflexologist.

Veronica, who lives in Antrim with her children Sasha, Leonardo and Luca, ranging in age from 11 to 14, originally trained in graphic design but always wanted to be an actress and the week-long play in the South Bank Hall at Kimberley Drive, off Belfasts Sunnyside Street, is the realisation of a dream.

But how did this multi-talented mum she is also a painter find herself living in Antrim far from her birthplace, Eritrea?

Veronica was just five when her mother took her to live in Rome after the Eritrea/Ethiopia war. Her grandmother was Eritrean, her grandfather Italian and her father was a Lebonese/Syrian.

She was sent to boarding school in India for seven years and when she emerged from the strictures of school life felt marriage would give her freedom. And so, at 18, she fell in love and married a Persian and the couple moved to Northern Ireland 15 years ago because this is where his parents were living.

Veronica: We moved about quite a lot while here, we also lived in London, and I had wanted to act but my husband wasnt keen on me having a career on stage so I put it to the back of my mind and got on with being a mum. …