16th to 19th Oct 2024
Inside Mrs Joe Bradshaw, 42 year old mother of two grown children, is the former Shirley Valentine longing to get out. her hope and self confidence badly shattered by school, marriage and life, she is reduced to talking to the kitchen wall whilst preparing her husband’s evening meal, to be on the table as he opens the front door every night. As she sips a glass of wine she dreams of drinking in a country where the grape is grown. Her feminist friend offers her a holiday in Greece and, with great trepidation and a lot of forward planning, Shirley seizes the opportunity and goes, to encounter a totally different lifestyle.
Shirley, breaking out of the mould cast for her by society, is brilliantly shown with humour, warm sympathy and human insight by the author of Educating Rita and Blood Brothers, Mr Willy Russell.
Shirley Valentine – Leisa Keightley