Underneath Mrs Joe Bradshaw - 42 year-old wife and mother of two grown-up children - there is the former Shirley Valentine, longing to break free. Her hopes, dreams and self-confidence hopelessly shattered by school and marriage, she is reduced to talking to the kitchen wall while carrying out the daily ritual of preparing her husband's tea. As she sips a comforting glass of wine, she dreams of drinking it in the country where the grape is harvested. Then an offer of a free holiday in Greece suddenly gives Shirley the chance to make her dreams come true.....
This famous and well loved play by Willy Russell, in which Shirley is the only character on stage, gave the opportunity of a lifetime to ADS member Cathy Turner who more than lived up to the role under the solid direction of Paul Smith.