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Mrs Joe Bradshaw is a 42-year-old Liverpool mother and housewife. 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”.
Directed by internationally awarded director Denny Lawrence (HIT’s Love Letters, All My Love, Educating Rita and Always… Patsy Cline), Shirley Valentine stars the talented and vibrant Mandi Lodge. Mandi toured with HIT in Always… Patsy Cline in 2016 with Courtney Conway and was acclaimed in HIT’s one woman touring production of Peter Quilter’s Just The Ticket in 2014 as well as HIT’s Menopause The Musical in 2012.
HIT 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.
Tickets: $45 Adults, $40 Arts Hub Members, $40 Group 8+, Youth $20
Shirley Valentine is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.