Town - Life of Wylie

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Town - Life of Wylie

“Each character in the story has their own journey and Lucy’s is a massive life changer. She shows the bleakness of not being able to be who you really are. The everyday denial that eats away at you, making you half the person you should be. “She’s the person you bump into when you go back to your home town who makes you realise you made the right choice in leaving. She repels Mark and shows him who he could have been.” Lucy has a reputation in Renton as a young woman who sleeps around and she sets her sights on Mark (Andrew Scott). “She wears the opposite to me, which helped a lot. Too revealing, too tight, too attention grabbing, which all helps with the feeling of being ungrounded. Literally nothing fits. “Lucy exists in that feeling of the morning after. All her clothes are designed to make her appealing to men in the most obvious way possible. “She wants to hand it to them on a plate so she can feel secure in the knowledge that she’s fancied and desired. “I wanted bruises on my legs, cellulite under those tiny shorts and ratty hair extensions.” Adds Kelly: “Lucy knows that men don’t respect her, which hurts her deep down but she wouldn’t show it. She needs to keep everything light. “Mark is out of her league but she hopes he might fall for a bit of rough for the night which she can boast about later.” There is also an attraction between Lucy and Carly. “Carly and Lucy have been in a long term relationship and in love for years, they’ve just never acknowledged that to themselves or to each other. “They’ve worked together in the shop with Lucy being the manager but Carly actually pulling the strings. Lucy has basically always loved her but has never known it. “There is such a stigma attached to being a gay woman that Lucy hasn’t allowed the thoughts to even form in her own head. “In my research I found that a lot of gay women don’t realise or accept that they’re gay until well into their thirties. And even then, they don’t ‘come out’. “Lucy has never really felt right in herself. She’s insecure, so she sleeps around to try and find gratification, to have fun and feel something. “The empty feelings that come after the event scare her so much that she ignores them and carries on ten fold. She refused to address her long term needs and so carries on sleeping with anything with a pulse to affirm that everything is alright. “Lucy has to go on a steep journey to accept who she really is and realise that if she wants a shot at a happy life, she’s going to have to be honest for the first time.” 23

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