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Shirley Valentine

March 10, 2009

Shirley Valentine
A comedy by Willy Russell.

Directed by Doug Bennett

Season 1 2009: 
10 March to 28 March

N.B. No performance on Thursday 12th March 

Shirley Valentine takes the form of a monologue by a housewife before and after a transforming holiday in Greece. Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chips 'n' egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like and feels she's stagnated and in a rut. When her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, she leaves the drudgery of cooking dinner for her husband, packs her bags and heads for the sun. The note on the kitchen table reads "Gone to Greece back in two weeks." Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light, finding romance and a new awareness of who she is and what her existence can be with just a little effort on her part.








Helen Ellis






Doug Bennett


Production Manager:   

Catherine Carr


Stage Manager:   

Lynn Dean


Assistant Stage Manager:   

Maria Fleming


Stage Crew:   

Craig Andrews, Greg Brand, Ian Carter, Maria Fleming, Kerry Geratty, Sophie Hatcher, Tracey Hunter, Luke Privatera


Set Design:   

Doug Bennett


Scenic Artist:   

Graham McGuffie


Assistant Scenic Artist:   

Mandy Tanner


Set Painting:   

Catherine Carr, Nerida Forster-Clarke, Graham McGuffie, Mandy Tanner



Sylvia Carr



Tracey Hunter


Lighting Design:   

Colin Mortley


Sound Design:   

Adrian Carr


Lighting Operation:   

Terry Dean


Sound Operation:   

Les Wallis


Set Construction:   

Doug Bennett, Keith Boulton, Leigh Delmenico, Stephen Nichols Snr, Les Wallis, Ted Waring


Front of House Manager:   

Lesley Bailey

Assisted by the ladies and gentlemen of the Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre



Alan Quantrell



Rod Flanagan



ATC Historian:   

Jenny Boulton








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