Shirley Valentine

Hit Productions

The Events Centre
Thu 23 March 2017

Time: 7.30pm Show
Tickets: $45.00 – Full Price / $39.00 – Concession / $30.00 – Child 2-17 years old
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SHIRLEY VALENTINE PRESENTED BY TEC & HIT PRODUCTIONS

HIT had great success with this very well know play in 2008. We are delighted to be producing back to back Willy Russell plays – Educating Rita in 2016 and Shirley Valentine in 2017. Shirley Valentine, which won the award for best comedy at the 1988 Laurence Olivier Awards, is a funny but moving piece.

This production will star the talented and vibrant Mandi Lodge who toured with HIT in Always… Patsy Cline in 2016 with Courtney Conway and was acclaimed in HIT’s one woman touring production of Peter Quilter’s Just The Ticket in 2014 and currently HIT’s national tour of Always…Patsy Cline as well as HIT’s Menopause The Musical in 2012. Mandi’s eclectic career also includes roles in Dumped! The Musical and Sweeney Todd with Philip Quast.

The play is about escape and takes the form of a monologue by a 42-year-old Liverpool mother and housewife, Mrs Joe Bradshaw, before and after a transforming holiday to Greece. Inside Mrs Joe Bradshaw is the former Shirley Valentine longing to emerge. Her self-esteem battered by school, marriage and life in general, she finds herself talking to the wall while her husband is out working. She feels that her life is terribly mundane as she compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like and feels she has stagnated. When her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley grasps the opportunity to head for the sun and leave her current drudgery behind, to re-find herself, follow her dreams and to get a new lease on life. The note in the kitchen reads “Gone to Greece, back in two weeks”. With much humour, warmth, sympathy, human insight and a great deal of empathy for his female protagonist, Willy Russell brilliantly shows Shirley breaking out of the mould in which she was cast by society.

It is a simple and brilliant idea… the profound and perennial point of the comedy is the problem we seem to have contemplating the idea of a woman alone – in a pub, on a beach, in a restaurant. This is what Shirley learns to combat as she unravels her own sexual and social identity. The play is not only funny, it is also moving.

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