Vivienne McKee stars as Shirley Valentine in this witty comedy about a fun-loving woman trapped in “lockdown“ dull domesticity. Married to an unthinking husband and distanced from her selfish grown-up children, Shirley is forced to talk to a wall for company.
We meet her in the prison of her kitchen where she is cooking supper for her husband. She keeps the blues at bay with a bottle of wine and her infectious wit. What follows is an odyssey, a voyage of self-discovery, as she takes the “wall” into her confidence and relates hilarious anecdotes of her youth, motherhood and marriage. Suddenly she reveals that she has been offered a chance to escape her routine existence. But what would happen if she dares to break out and find her true self ?
Teatret ved Sorte Hest
April 21st - May 14th 2022
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The Copenhagen Post ★★★★★★
”One of the funniest, most charming and touching plays you’ll ever likely to encounter in these parts”
”Suveræn Vivienne McKee. Teater for alle”
”En forestilling der handler om livet på smukkeste vis”
”Hun har simpelthen aldrig været bedre”
Morten Buckhøj ★★★★★
”En smuk hyldest til kærligheden til livet”
”Hun favner figuren fantastisk. Ubetalelig komisk timing”
”En pragtpræstation, der siger spar to”
Out & About ★★★★★
“Vivienne McKee lever Shirley Valentine fuldt ud”
Frederiksborg Amts Avis ★★★★
”Utrættelig optimisme på scenen. Stor charme”
A word from the director
Shirley Valentine is a joyful call to grab our courage and embrace our dreams. Trapped at home, cooking egg and chips for her husband, Shirley wonders what has happened to young woman she used to be. She yearns for a more exciting life but doubts that she has the courage, or even the right,to pursue her dreams.
BIOG HELEN TENNISON
Between 1998- 2004 Helen performed in six Crazy Christmases as well as other London Toast shows, including Willy Russel’s Educating Rita. Since then she has turned her hand to directing winning multiple awards. She has worked at Shakespeare’s Globe, directed numerous times for Midsummer Scene Shakespeare Festival in Croatia and taken work to Bermuda Festival, Stockholm Festival and Vienna’s English Theatre as well as numerous UK venues and festivals in including Theatre Royal Winchester, Soho Theatre and Grimeborn Festival of New Opera.. Her recent production ‘Everything I See I Swallow’ which won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, featured aerial rope and examined intergenerational feminism. Her production ‘Dirty Corset’ won a WOW award at the Bergan Fringe in 2021 and is currently playing in London.
From 2015-17 Helen ran the Two Year Acting Course at Drama Studio London and has led numerous theatre projects within the community, in prisons and young offenders institutions. As part of the Belgrade Theatre Community department Helen lead theatre projects for the youth theatre, young refugees, older people and workshops in theatre for confidence and good mental health. She has just completed her post as Artist in Residence at The University of South Florida.
Helen is Associate Artist at the Bathway Theatre, she is Associate Lecturer in Shakespeare at Goldsmiths University and is currently writing a chapter in staging Shakespeare for Bloomsbury, Arden, to be published in 2023. She is writing a community play about Alzheimers for ArtsUplift and is developing an immersive solo performance ‘Doggerland’ about Britain, Europe and Brexit supported by Het Zuidelijk Toneel, Netherlands.
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