Breaking the mould in Proserpine
AN award-winning play chronicling the journey taken by Shirley Valentine to break the cast imposed by modern society will open for one night only at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre this Saturday.
Shirley Valentine, which 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, Shirley grasps the opportunity to leave her current drudgery behind.
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, Willy Russell brilliantly shows Shirley breaking out of the mould cast by modern day society.
Not to be missed in Proserpine on April 1.
TRIBUTE: Willy Russell plays Shirley Valentine in the play of the same name on-stage in Proserpine on April 1.