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Shirley Valentine

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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