Shirley Valentine, Wisbech
RICHARD PARR This enterprising Angles Centre could have chosen no finer play than Willy Russell's Shirley Valentine with which to launch its autumn season.
This enterprising Angles Centre could have chosen no finer play than Willy Russell's Shirley Valentine with which to launch its autumn season.
Actress Lesley Mardle, in a one-woman monologue, gave an outstanding performance as the middle-aged housewife trapped within a domestic prison who eventually manages to break away to the freedom she so longs for.
Miss Mardle had the first-night audience completely captivated as she convincingly portrayed the rollercoaster of emotions that was Shirley's life. In the bittersweet Liverpudlian dialogue, with its rich strands of comedy, she took Thursday night's audience from laughter to tears in the flick of an eyelid.
Such was Miss Mardle's mastery of delivery of the classic perceptive Russell script, that we quickly endeared ourselves to her and felt her deep-rooted sadness at the loss of life she desperately wanted to live.
It is rare for an actress to be able to hold the audience's attention with a vice-like grip, but Miss Mardle achieved this through her wonderfully “real” performance.
- 1 Woman in 40s airlifted to hospital after suffering medical emergency
- 2 Meet the new team behind revamped village pub
- 3 People are driving for hours to visit this loaded fries and doughnut kiosk
- 4 One of East Anglia's largest property builders is sold to investment firm
- 5 Obituary: Doctor, and son of Norwich's recycling empire founder, dies aged 69
- 6 One person taken to hospital after three-car crash on A47
- 7 Holiday Inn to become 'care hotel' to help struggling hospitals
- 8 Music-loving dad whose ashes were fired into festival crowd took own life
- 9 War-time bomb lay dormant for 80 years before exploding under fishing boat
- 10 'Once in a lifetime catch' - man lands monster fish in Norfolk
We so desperately wanted Shirley to take that brave step and escape from her humdrum existence and how we loved it when her dream became reality.
This is a must see play and you must move heaven and earth to try to see Lesley Mardle's performance, so skilfully directed by Paul Meyer.