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Shirley Valentine

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

January 26, 27, 28 & 29, 2005.

Shirley Valentine

by Willy Russell

“Capture every nuance”
– Brighton Argus –


Directed by
Bob Ryder


Kate Brownings – Shirley


Production Crew

Lighting Design – Mike Medway

Lighting Technician – Janice Gooch

Sound & Projection – Murray Hall

Technical Manager – John Garland

Technical Manager – David Bickers

Stage Manager – David Comber

Stage Manager – Robert Mitchell

ASM – Nikki Dunsford, Tony Brownings

Design & Graphics – Judith Berrill

Properties – Sue Whittaker

Properties – Margaret Davy

Workshop Team – Mike Davy

Workshop Team – David Comber

Workshop Team – Robert Mitchell

Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Publicity – Rosemary Brown

Publicity – Simon Druce

Box Office – Margaret Murrell

Front of House Co-ordinator – Betty Dawes


Programme Note #1: Shirley Valentine

BR wrote: “Willy Russell has a reputation for writing great character parts for women, including his notable early success with Educating Rita. But in many ways Shirley Valentine, which opened on the London stage in 1988, shows his writing at its best. The 1990 film version, with Pauline Collins transferring the rôle from stage to screen, was a popular triumph [it had big box office sakes and several Oscar nominations] but the original stage version is a real masterpiece for a solo performer. Kate Brownings, working with a skilful technical team from all departments of the Wick Theatre Company, brings to life the whole kaleidoscope of humour, exuberance and pathos that makes up the wonderfully believable character created by Willy Russell.

Kate Brownings is no stranger to Russell’s work, having appeared as Rita back in 1982 and having directed three other Russell plays since then. In a strange echo of Shirley Valentine’s own experience, Kate’s first ever stage appearance was in a doomed school nativity play. After moving to Sussex, she took to the stage again in The Big Bad Mouse, where she met husband-to-be Tony, now Chairman of Wick Theatre Company. She first worked with director Bob Ryder in Death and the Maiden [1996] and the in her Barn debut in Arcadia [1999]. They also appeared together in the two acting rôles in Wick’s memorable 2002 production of the thriller, Misery.”