Sharon is from Dublin. She trained with Deirdre O’Connell at the Stanislavski Studio at the Focus Theatre, and as a singer with Gillyanne Kayes in London. Most recently she played Zelda Fitzgerald in the critically acclaimed one woman play ZELDA at Theatre Upstairs for Fast Intent. Other recent credits include Ruth/Denise/Dr. Fleming in Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio, Hanna in Lovers (Losers) by Brian Friel at the New Theatre, Harry in The Get Together by Mark Cantan (Rough Magic Seeds Artist) and Evelyn in Independence by Lee Blessing for Playing Space Productions at Smock Alley. She played Shelly Levene in the highly acclaimed female production of Glengarry Glen Ross at the New Theatre.
Other Theatre credits include The Only Jealousy of Emer, The Dreaming of the Bones and The Death of Cuchulainn (Dublin Lyric Players), Be My Baby for Lyric Theatre Belfast, The Dress (nominated for ‘Best Female Performance’ – Dublin Gay Theatre Festival), Fiends Reunited (Sweet & Dry), Irene Ruddock in A Lady of Letters (New Theatre), David Mamet’s The Old Neighborhood (T@36), Drinking Companions (Andrews Lane), Felicity in Habeas Corpus (Samuel Beckett Theatre), Snow White at the Olympia Theatre, Follies in Concert (National Concert Hall), WAR by Roddy Doyle(Passion Machine/Olympia) and The Young Europeans at the Project Arts Centre directed by Gerry Stembridge.
Film work includes Ireland Ink., Senior Infants, Wedding Planners, Divestment, Girls, Comb and Awareness. She played the role of Maeve Bergin in Fair City for RTE and appeared in the TV comedy show Maeve Higgins’ Fancy Vittles (Scratch Films/RTE).
‘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
Frontline members Geraldine McAlinden, Sharon Coade and Juliette Crosbie are about to start filming the new Filmbase feature film Writing Home this coming week. Filming is due to start in Carlingford this coming Tuesday. The film also stars well known stand-up comedian Tony Kelly and Caoimhe O’Malley. The film is aiming to premiere at this years Galway Film Fleadh. You can read more about the film here.
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)