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Shirley Valentine

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Shirley Valentine 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 batered 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.


Proudly supported by the City of Kingston, Community Engagement Team, in celebration of the Kingston Seniors Festival.





Tuesday 24 October, 1pm |
Wednesday 25 October 8pm


Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkdale


2 hours (Including Interval)




Full $35 | Conc $30 | Group 6+ $25 | Seniors $20

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 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.
Financial Times

HIT Productions’ Shirley Valentine is a charming rendition of Willy Russell’s one-woman play. The play is uplifting and ultimately moving.”   Australian Stage

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