Shirley Valentine has been one of the most successful plays in London and on Broadway, while also having been made into a 1989 film with Pauline Collins, the tagline of which was "No one thought she had the courage. The nerve. Or the lingerie.". Hooked yet?
This play written by Oscar nominated Willy Russell, comes to Hyderabad through the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation that brought the engrossing Begum Jaan with Nadira Babbar and Juhi Babbar to Chowmohallah Palace.
Directed by Kaizaad Navroze Kotwal & Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal, this is the story of a middle-aged Liverpool housewife who finds herself talking to herself while cutting vegetables one fine morning. The drudgery of her life has reached a perigee and no one knows what might have happened as a result of that, 'cause she is rescued by a friend who wins a free, all-expenses paid ticket to Greece for two.
Shirley takes off like a miraculously healed bird, coming into her own element, discovering her sexuality and her social identity. It is supposedly a play that touches a chord in every single person who watches it, probably more in women. The best part is, this is a comedy, for who wants to watch the drabness and depression of life, shown in a drab and depressing way? Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal is in the play, presumably playing Shirley.
The staging at ITC Kakatiya Sheraton on 25th, admits only by invitation, while the Page 1, 2 amd 4 types can buy their donor passes for Rs. 100, 200, 300 at outlets across the city. This second staging takes place on the 26th at 1930 hrs at the Meridian School. Please contact 93913-36181 for further details.