Shirley Valentine

We had our second, and I believe last, class trip for my drama class on Thursday, to the Theatre Royal to see Shirley Valentine, which is another solo performance, this time by a woman. The actress was a woman named Jodie Prenger, who is apparently somewhat well-known actress because she competed on a reality show to find the next Nancy for the West End revival of Oliver, and won. I have seen none of the show, but I can absolutely understand why, she was an absolutely incredible actress. The show was about two hours in total, which is a lot to do entirely by yourself, and she never seemed tired or anything, she did a great job. And of course it’s also a ton of lines to learn since she is talking the whole time.

The show itself was also very good. Solo performance isn’t very common, but there were some very large differences between the two solo performances we’ve seen for the class. The other show had tons of different characters worked into the show, whereas this show really was centered around one character, who did sometimes imitate other people, but it really felt like it was all about her and like she was just having a conversation with the audience. I think it also presented a really compelling story about how relationships can change as people get older and the rhetoric around relationships can actually be damaging as time goes on. If you get the chance to see this show ever, I highly recommend it. Especially if you have a phenomenal actress performing it.

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Author: iprefershowers

I (she/her/hers) am originally from California, and a third year double majoring in Psychology and Arts Management, a major I created, at Oberlin College. A lot of my interests lie in the arts, at Oberlin I help run a student dance company, stage manage both departmental and student theatre productions, and teach dance classes. I am continuing this interest and involvement while on the Advanced Studies in England program by completing an internship with the Bath Philharmonia in addition to taking three classes in the study of the arts. I am also volunteering at a toddler group and a youth theatre.

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