Sharon is from Dublin. Most recent stage roles include Carmel in Sweet Sensations by Teri FitzGerald for Dublin Fringe Festival and Arianna in Mis-Conceptions at Smock Alley for Sugar Pie. Favourite roles include Zelda Fitzgerald in the critically acclaimed one woman play ZELDA at Theatre Upstairs for Fast Intent, Evelyn in Independence by Lee Blessing at Smock Alley and Shelly Levene in the (nearly) all female cast production of Glengarry Glen Ross at the New Theatre.
She has just completed a small role in Witness No. 3 for Story Films/Channel 5 directed by Diarmuid Goggins. Recent screen credits include feature film Sweetness in the Belly starring Dakota Fanning and short film Mad One by Ciarán Moran. Recent TV projects are Cold Courage – a new crime thriller series set in London starring John Simm, and Penance – a suspense thriller based on the novel by Kate O’Riordan for Channel 5. She is also the voice of Ava’s Mother in the forthcoming animated feature of A Greyhound of a Girl based on the book by Roddy Doyle.
Previous theatre credits are Talk Radio (New Theatre), Lovers (Losers) (New Theatre), The Get Together (Sweney’s), The Only Jealousy of Emer, The Dreaming of the Bones and The Death of Cuchulainn (National Library of Ireland), Be My Baby (Lyric Theatre Belfast), The Dress (nominated for ‘Best Female Performance’ – Dublin Gay Theatre Festival), Fiends Reunited (Sweet & Dry), A Lady of Letters (New Theatre), David Mamet’s The Old Neighborhood (T@36), Drinking Companions (Andrews Lane), Habeas Corpus (Samuel Beckett Theatre), Snow White (Olympia Theatre), Follies in Concert (National Concert Hall), WAR (Passion Machine/Olympia) and The Young Europeans at the Project Arts Centre.
Previous film work includes Face it Again, Writing Home, Ireland Ink., Senior Infants, Wedding Planners, Divestment, Girls, Comb and Awareness. On TV she played the role of Maeve Bergin in Fair City (RTE) and guested on Maeve Higgins’ Fancy Vittles (RTE).
She trained with Deirdre O’Connell at the Stanislavski Studio at the Focus Theatre, and as a singer with Gillyanne Kayes in London.
‘Sharon Coade plays Zelda with heart-wrenching conviction in a performance filled with variety, moving smoothly from pathos to sad spite and piteous insecurity.’ Emer O’Kelly – Sunday Independent – ZELDA
‘..Zelda, played by a mesmerising Sharon Coade….is a joy to watch, utterly convincing and truly pulls us into Zelda’s heart and soul…’ Aisling Flynn – Meg – ZELDA
‘Sharon Coade, incarcerated on the tiny stage that is the Theatre Upstairs, never flinches in her determination to proclaim Zelda’s right to be heard and admired’ Frank L. – No More Workhorse – ZELDA
‘…a thoughtful, never overplayed, sincere performance….during the tales that she brings out the best, giving us a glimpse of a spirited person, full of life, love and daring, told with a distinct southern drawl, bringing a glow and glint to her eyes, like a giddy teenager, all very infectious, counterpointed by the despair…’ Red Curtain – ZELDA
‘Sharon Coade completes the strong cast as Hanna, a ball of nerves, torn between exasperation with her Mother and a thinly veiled devotion to her. The acting is phenomenal in both pieces.’ Entertainment.ie – LOVERS
..’for me the performance of the evening was Sharon Coade as Shelly “The Machine” Levene. Both tragic and comic at the same time she never let one overpower the other in bringing to life a desperate, aging saleswoman with a sick daughter. For her the stakes are higher than most and the way she flips from her characters highs to her characters lows without dropping a beat was a joy to behold.’ Caomhan Keane Totally Dublin – Glengarry Glen Ross
..’the cast, who deliver a series of star turns. Special mention must go to Sharon Coade and Jane Elizabeth Walsh for stepping into Lemmon’s and Pacino’s shoes respectively….’ Le Cool – Glengarry Glen Ross
..’Sharon Coade’s Shelly ‘The Machine’ Levene, who pulls off a convincingly femme (and sympathetic) Jack Lemmon’ Lucy White – Metro – Glengarry Glen Ross
Did you catch Sharon Coade in the rehearsed reading of “Hello from Bertha” by Tennessee Williams at Theatre Upstairs recently?
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The reviews are in for Zelda at Theatre Upstairs featuring Sharon Coade. Here’s what Emer O’Kelly had to say about it.
“Eddie Naughton has written an illuminating play, ‘Zelda’, on her troubled life, the text drawn from much of her own writing; the intelligence, the pain, and the desperation of the people with whom she and Scott surrounded themselves are all there.”
“Sharon Coade plays Zelda with heart-wrenching conviction in a performance filled with variety, moving smoothly from pathos to sad spite and piteous insecurity. She is directed by Sarah Finlay in a set by Aoife Fealy, beautifully lit by Eoghan Carrick.”
Read some more reviews below and don’t miss this truly beautiful show, running until June 14th at Theatre Upstairs. (Photo: Ste Murray. www.ste.ie)