HIT Productions had great success with this very well know play in 2008. Shirley Valentine, won the award for Best Comedy at the 1988 Laurence Olivier Awards, is a funny but moving piece.
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.
“This play is a modern classic and its theme of achieving your full potential remains universal and very relevant today.” – Director, Denny Lawrence
“Shirley Valentine is a bittersweet, funny play that women of all ages will identify with.” – The Independent Weekly
“Willy Russell’s insightful examination of a middle-aged woman and her Aegean sea change is a justifiably popular play for an actress with versatility and intelligence.” – Adelaide Advertiser
“HIT Productions’ Shirley Valentine is a charming rendition of Willy Russell’s one-woman play. The play is uplifting and ultimately moving.” – Australian Stage
‘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
“Shirley Valentine is about a slightly older woman kicking her heels (for good as it turns out) of British ignorance and insularity. It is a brilliant, funny, pathetic evening. … Willy Russell has again managed to say something serious in a way that makes the audience fall over laughing.”
– Daily Express
“True, touching and wonderfully funny, her triumphant, irresistible performance demands a thousand words of tribute. I’ll have to settle for just two. See it.” – Mail on Sunday
This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
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24th @ 25th July @ 7:30pm
25th July @ 2pm