'I wanted to do something about love, sex and marriage and the problems attendant thereupon. I'm potty about the 17th century so it seemed a good idea to piece together something from that. Besides, it means that you don't have the problems of royalties.'
O'Mara became a household name 19 years ago in BBC's haulage soap The Brothers - 'a bloody good part' - but until then she worked solidly in theatre. Her experience of the major classical roles puts her in a very good position to create this show.
'We concentrate on the 1690s. There was an air of cynicism abroad, a dissatisfaction with the times which is hugely topical. Kiss and Tell is a love story of a couple moving from idealism, through disharmony to renewal, via romance, debauchery and everything else.' With the cream of 17th century writers to work from, there's probably not a rhyming couplet in sight.
'Kiss and Tell' is at the Greenwich Theatre for one night on Sunday 7 Aug (081-858 7755)
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