Hello … I used to be your wife. But now, I’m Shirley Valentine again. Would you like to join me for a drink?’’ It’s a memorable line from Shirley Valentine, being staged at Westacre Theatre this month.
This latest production is a much-requested revival of the enormously successful run in last autumn’s season at the venue, and is on Fridays and Saturdays, June 17-18 and 24- 25, nightly at 7.30pm. In today’s competition we have two pairs of tickets to win, one pair for June 24 and the other pair for June 25, just read on.
Karen Bates – a favourite actor at Westacre Theatre – performs the deeply moving but endlessly funny Willy Russell monologue of Shirley Bradshaw, a middle aged working class housewife in 1980s Liverpool. She started life so full of promise and passion but over the years her spirit has been gradually eroded. She wonders what happened to her rebellious youth and why she feels stagnant and stuck in a rut. Frequently finding herself at home alone, she talks to the wall while preparing ‘’chips an’ egg’’ for her ‘‘feller’s tea’’. All rather disturbing because ‘‘on Thursday it has to be mince’’. Has Shirley ‘’finally gone right round the pipe’’?
Westacre Theatre’s production explores Shirley’s internal turmoil when she attempts to break away from her everyday routine where tradition and duty are paramount. But is there a situation when it is right to create happiness for herself despite the potential negative effect on loved ones?
Her longing for a new way of life remains ever present. This comes to a head when Shirley’s best friend Jane wins a competition and generously offers Shirley the chance of a lifetime to join her for a fortnight’s relaxation in Greece – a country that represents an aspirational ideal that Shirley can only access by taking the trip.
When directing Pauline Collins in both the West End and Broadway productions, Simon Callow declared ‘’I had just never read a one- person play so extraordinary. I knew instantly that it was the most wonderful piece of writing.’’ The play went on to gain wide recognition including two Laurence Olivier awards.
For your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Shirley Valentine at Westacre Theatre just answer this question:
Who played the role of Shirley Valentine in the West End?
Put your answer on a postcard or a stuck-down envelope and send to: Shirley Valentine competition, Lynn News, Limes House, Purfleet Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1HL. Please be quick with your entries as the closing date is first post on Monday, June 20. The winners will be contacted immediately.
You can also enter by email to email@example.com and please type in Shirley Valentine competition in the subject box.
For full details of all performances or to book tickets, visit www.westacretheatre.com or call on 01760 755800.