the Razz: BLUE? NO - I'LL GO ON STAGE; Exclusive Musical dream of axed Lorraine.
AXED Lorraine McIntosh wants to leap into musicals after being dumped from River City.
The multi-talented star - who made her name singing in chart-topping Scots band Deacon Blue - has opened up to the Razz after losing her role in the BBC Scotland soap.
She confirmed producers hadn't renewed her contract - even though her twisted character, Alice Henderson, was a hit with viewers.
Lorraine said: "I'm going to take some time off till the end of January and then I'll think about getting another job.
"I might go back at some point, but I'm not going back full-time next year, so I'm free to do any other things.
"I don't really know what it's because of ... they just didn't pick up my contract.
"They invited me back but not as a full-time regular."
Lorraine, 42, recently ended a 17-date tour with Deacon Blue.
Now, with both singing and acting under her belt, she is eager to combine the two.
She said: "I'd love to do a musical - a good musical, not a rubbish one. I'd love to have done Tutti Frutti but
I'm probably too old for the part that Dawn Steele plays.
"I would love to have done it. I've not seen it yet, but it's going to go on tour."
She added: "I'd like to do theatre, too, if I get the chance.
"I've done one show, Mums TheWord, which was really more like stand-up.
"It would be fantastic to do a real play. I want to do more telly and more film and see what happens."
Lorraine admits the past few months have been a whirlwind as she's slotted in tour dates with family life. She looked after her two young children - with her Deacon Blue singer and husband Ricky Ross - while performing in gigs including Rock Against Racism.
She said: "I finished on River City on October 20 and went on tour on the 22nd, my feet didn't touched the ground.
"The tour finished then we went away, so I don't want to do much for a while.
"I'm trying to make up Brownie points with the kids, spending time with them after being away."
For now - after their riotous tour - she hopes there are no odd moments when Deacon Blue play Stirling Castle at Hogmanay.
Lorraine explained: "One woman came on stage at the end of Dignity.
"She wasn't interested in me, she wanted to sing it on her own - until she was dragged off."
Ricky added: "It was a great tour. Liverpool was mad.
"Footballers Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher were at the side of the stage and Robbie jumped on.
"We should storm the pitch and see how he likes it."
Stirling - you have been warned.