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Shirley Valentine

by Willy Russell

When we hear the name "Shirley Valentine" we immediately think of the film starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conte but the film was an adaption of a highly successful play by Willy Russell.

The play chronicles a few weeks in the life of a middle aged mother of grown-up children who feels trapped in a life of humdrum domesticity, and longs to fulfill her dream of 'drinking a glass of wine in the country where the grape is grown'. There can be few women who have seen this play without recognizing something of themselves in the central character. Willy Russell has an uncanny capacity for identifying with women and their emotional lives. He seems to be able to see life from a female point of view in plays like 'Educating Rita' and 'Blood Brothers'.

Shirley Valentine is a play that is not often performed, because it makes huge demands upon the actress playing Shirley. The BareBones Theatre Company however, rose to the challenge of the piece and triumphed unreservedly.

Shirley in the kitchenShirley on the beachShirley Valentine set

The Cast

Shirley Valentine Loraine Worrall

Director: Dave Baldwin

The Crew

Stage Manager Joanna Hicks


Philip Preston
Lighting Ian Pauley
Assistant Stage Managers Margaret Baldwin
Clive Beddows
Setting Dave Baldwin
Bernard Angle
Philip Preston
Jim Jones
Claire Milinczuk
Costume Geraldine Rees
Stella Truscott


9th - 11th Sept 2004 Savoy Theatre, Monmouth
25th Sept 2004 Ewyas Harold Memorial Hall
8th - 9th Oct 2004 Fownhope New Memorial Hall
15th Oct 2004 Powell Theatre Hereford
16th October 2004 Bodenham Village Hall

See also

The Savannah Sipping Society

by Jones, Hope and Wooten

Toured: Nov-Dec 2005

Summer End

by Eric Chappell

Toured: April 2016

Visiting Hour

by Richard Harris

Toured: Nov 2015


by Patrick Hamilton

Toured: March 2015

The Prisoner of Second Avenue

by Neil Simon

Toured: November 2014

Inspector Drake and the Black Widow

by David Tristram

Toured: July 2014


by Jean McDonnell

Toured: April 2014

Prescription for Murder

by Norman Robbins

Toured: November 2013

Laying the Ghost

by Simon Williams

Toured: June 2013

Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting On A Green Park Bench

by John A Penzotti

Toured: November 2012


by Simon Moore

Toured: June-July 2012

Going Straight

by Richard Harris

Toured: March - April 2012

Blithe Spirit

by Noel Coward

Toured: Nov-Dec 2011

A Month of Sundays

by Bob Larbey

Toured: June - July 2011

A Bolt from the Blue

by David Tristram

Toured: March - April 2011

One Last Card Trick

by Stewart Permutt

Toured: November 2010


by Gerald Sybleyras translated by Tom Stoppard

Toured: July 2010


by A R Gurney

Toured: March - April 2010


by John Godber

Toured:Oct - Nov 2010

The Beach Hut

by Mark Rees

Performed: September 2009

Happy Jack

by John Godber

Toured: June - August 2009

A Delicate Balance

by Edward Albee

Toured: March - April 2009

You're Only Young Twice

by Ron Aldridge

Toured: November 2008


by Ronald Harwood

Toured: June - July 2008

Day of Reckoning

by Pam Valentine

Toured: March - April 2005

The Odd Couple (Female Version)

by Neil Simon

Toured: October - November 2007

Faith Healer

by Brian Friel

Toured: July - August 2007

Memory of Water

by Shelagh Stephenson

Toured: March - April 2007

September in the Rain

by John Godber

Toured: Oct-Dec 2006

Educating Rita

by Willy Russell

Toured: July-Sept 2006

The Cemetery Club

by Ivan Menchal

Toured: March-May 2006

Duck Variations & The Problem

by David Mamet & A R Gurney Jnr

Festival: March 2006

Stepping Out

by Richard Harris

Toured: Nov-Dec 2005

Two of a Kind

by Hugh Janes

Toured: Jun-Aug 2005

Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling

Toured: Feb-Mar 2005

Shirley Valentine

by Willie Russell

Toured: Sep-Oct 2004