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Lisa to play ‘unlikeable’ headteacher in film set during outbreak of war

Lisa to play ‘unlikeable’ headteacher in film set during outbreak of war

by Tom Martin (September 2021)

AN actress from Litherland is preparing for her latest venture in a film set on the Liverpool homefront during the Second World War.

Lisa McMahon portrays the role of Scottish-born headteacher, Miss McGregor in the drama, Enemy of the Heart.

Inspired by true events, the story created by Claryn Scott, centres around an Irish-Italian family living in Liverpool during the outbreak of war.

Their lives are thrown into turmoil when Mussolini joins allegiance with Hitler to attack the country they’ve come to call home.

The role of Miss McGregor, touches upon pre-war prejudice in scenes set in September 1938, a year before war begins.

Speaking about her time on Enemy of the Heart, Lisa said: “The subject matter is incredibly powerful and I have always loved portraying characters living through unforgettable moments in history who embody the attitudes of another era.

“Frighteningly, Miss McGregor holds a position of power within an establishment built to influence young minds.

“An unlikeable character, she represents the destructive, senseless and futile nature of hate, based on nationality or race.”

Having begun her career with the Everyman Youth Theatre, Lisa's credentials span principal roles in contemporary and classical theatre at The Epstein, Royal Court and Unity Theatres, plus film and TV roles on Hollyoaks and Jimmy McGovern's Moving On.

More recently, Lisa performed in the highly-acclaimed Sweet Mother, portraying Joan Caddick, a white woman married to a black man facing prejudice in 1960s Liverpool.

The production received a four-star review in The Guardian.

On playing Miss McGregor, Lisa continued: “I loved playing a character who goes against my own mindset and I was so excited to work with an incredible team of local talent in a production inspired by real events which unfolded here in Britain and especially on the Liverpool homefront.”

Enemy of the Heart is due for release on the international festival circuit later in the year.

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