By Willy Russell
2008 National Tour
May 17 – August 23, 2008 – 14.5 week tour to 45 venues in VIC, NSW, TAS, ACT, QLD, NT, WA, SA
Dandenong, Pakenham, Altona, Horsham, Portland, Colac, Broken Hill, Shepparton, Benalla, Traralgon, Sale, Yarram, Moonee Ponds, Ringwood, Devonport, Moorabbin, South Morang, Tuggeranong, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Gunnedah, Taree, Tenterfield, Logan, Boonah, Redcliffe, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Mackay, Darwin, Port Hedland, Karratha, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Moora, Kwinana, Mandurah, Thornlie, Merredin, Adelaide, Penrith, Nowra & Queanbeyan.
A production by Christine Harris & HIT Productions
Shirley Valentine, the award-winning play (Best Comedy at the 1988 Laurence Oliver Awards) is a funny yet moving piece of theatre by award-winning playwright Willy Russell, the playwright behind the very successful Educating Rita.
Shirley Valentine, starring the highly credentialed Glenda Linscott (Prisoner, Murder Call), is about escape. It takes the form o 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 the former Shirley Valentine is 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 terribly mundane life has stagnated as she compares scenes in her current life with how she used to live. When her best friend wins an all expenses paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley grasps the opportunity to head for the sun, leave her current drudgery behind, rediscover herself, follow her dreams and get a new lease on life.
Shirley Valentine: Glenda Linscott
Playwright: Willy Russell
Director: Jennifer Hagan
Designer: Adam Gardnir
Lighting Designer: Michelle Preshaw