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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:54 pm    Post subject: Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell (1988)  Reply with quote

I read the script of Willy Russell's one-character play SHIRLEY VALENTINE first performed in 1986. Most famously on stage and film performed by Pauline Collins. Shirley is a fed-up Liverpool housewife, tired of being a drudge for her boorish husband. She feels that life is passing her by and she hasn't really lived.  She talks to the audience, and her kitchen wall, often with great humour, about her life past and present.  The first act happens in her kitchen, the second on a Greek Island to which she has escaped for a fortnight's holiday with a friend, without telling her husband. On the island she makes friends with Costas, a cafe-owner, who makes her realise that her life could be different.  The play ends with Shirley remaining in Greece with the expected arrival of her husband. To take her home? It's a beautifully observed play with much down-to-earth very typical Liverpool humour.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw it years ago in the theatre with Paula Wilcox as Shirley.  The programme cleverly did not  reveal where the 2nd Act takes place.  When the curtain rose to reveal that Shirley had managed to escape to Greece, there was a round of applause and cheers from the audience.



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