September 12, 14, 20–22, 2019
Shirley Valentine is a working-class Liverpool housewife. As she stands in her dingy kitchen making egg and chips, she dreams about life beyond the wall, and the possibility of “drinking wine in a country where the grape is grown.” Eat and drink British pub grub as you enjoy this award-winning comedy by Willy Russell.
$18 / 85 minutes
Claire Golden Drake and Michelle Pauls have been theatre artists in Philadelphia and the surrounding area for over 20 years. Throughout that time they have worked together on many different productions. With a mutual respect and admiration for each others work, and a love of the play, Shirley Valentine is their first independent collaboration. Both Claire and Michelle get excited thinking about the interactive possibilities this play presents. The audience will be a major player in the production, as will the venue. Shirley Valentine will be staged in the Victoria Freehouse, an authentic English pub in the original home of the Philly Fringe, Old City. Pub fare such as Bangers and Mash, and Chips and Curry will be available during all shows. Have a pint or a glass of wine as Shirley spins tales about her life in Working Class Liverpool and her dreams of adventure in the exotic Greek islands.