First Baby Left Me In Shock For Years
Sunday Mail 13th January 2002

Two of Scotland's most famous mums are taking their parenting skills to the stage. Taggart star Blythe Duff is relying on her experiences as a step-mum  to help prepare for new play 'Mum's The Word'. The comedy also marks the stage debut of Deacon Blue singer Lorraine McIntosh, a mother of three. Mum's The Word was written by six Canadian actresses who claim motherhood reduced them to a state of exhaustion. Blythe and Lorraine spoke to  Marion Scott about the trials and tribulations of motherhood.

SINGER-turned-actress Lorraine McIntosh is looking forward to making her stage debut in Mum’s the Word. She said: “I’m always looking for new challenges, and this is a biggie. I’ve never acted on stage before, so I’m a bit nervous. “But the rest of the girls are great fun — no bitchiness or back stabbing.” The show holds a special poignancy for Lorraine, 37. She lost her own mum, Sarah, when she was just 11. Lorraine, who was brought up in Cumnock Ayrshire, said: “I had two older brothers, and my dad struggled to bring us all up and hold down his job. “It’s very hard losing your mum at such an early age. You miss out on a lot of things. That’s when you realise just how important a mum really is.”

Lorraine, married to Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross, had her first child — Emer, now aged nine — at the very pinnacle of the band’s success and admits it was a real shock to the system. ‘Nothing you’ve ever heard or read can prepare you for motherhood,” she said. “I was very lucky to have a successful career and money to pay for all the help I needed. But even then, I was in shock for the first couple of years.” Lorraine and Ricky have three kids — Emer, Georgia, seven, and one-year old Seamus. And she jokes that Seamus came in very handy during the Mum’s the Word auditions. She said: “It’s the one time in my life when turning up covered in baby sick clinched the job.” Marion Scott